It goes like this: the market was stimulated by folding phone and then folding phone proved it is not ready for prime time. So, folding phone won’t be appearing anytime soon. Meanwhile, Lenovo did not unveiled a folding phone like Samsung, Huawei, Royole and Xiaomi did; instead they have this: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Foldable PC. This is just a preview of what’s to come and not quite a production-ready device. Apparently, Lenovo have been working on this for the last 3 years.
Not a lot is known about this device that was unveiled at the company’s event called Accelerate. Here are what we know from the official words and from our source: it runs on an Intel chip, it is has a 13.3-inch 4:3 aspect ratio 2K OLED touch display developed in collaboration with LG that can be folded to 9.6inch, it has an infrared webcam, it has built-in stereo speaker, it runs on Windows, it has a couple of USB-C ports and it will come with a pen and Bluetooth keyboard.
Lenovo emphasized that it is “not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid,” it is “a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen.” And yes, it is the world’s first, alright. These are what Lenovo proposed the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Foldable PC can do for you:
• Wake up, fold it into a book, and start the day scanning your social media feeds in bed.2
• Walk to your kitchen, unfold it, and stand it up for hands-free viewing of your top news sites.2
• Hit your commute on the bus or train and morph it into a clamshell to catch up on emails.2
• Get into the office, dock it into your multi-monitor setup and get to work.
• Go into meetings, take notes with its pen, and write on a full screen tablet.
• After lunch, set up the stand and use its mechanical keyboard to type out a few work emails.2
• Come home at night, open it up and stream your favorite shows.2
• Relax in bed, fold it in half and enjoy your latest read before going to sleep.
As you can see, it is called a “PC” for good reasons, even though you could use it as a miniature laptop with touchscreen keyboard. However, to get the most out of the 13.3-inch display, you have to whip out the included Bluetooth keyboard, or you could hook it up to an external monitor for even bigger view. No words on the retail pricing. It is perhaps too early to know anyways since Lenovo said that it will only available in 2020. If you care, there’s a teaser video below.