Lenovo on Monday previewed an upcoming new addition to the ThinkPad X1 family, which the company is touting as the "world's first foldable PC". The ThinkBook brand is new and will sit alongside ThinkPad and Lenovo's other PC brands.
The foldable X1 will run Windows and use Intel processors, though specifics weren't released on which versions. Lenovo says it thinks the foldable device will be a good fit for road warriors and business executives who want the versatility of a device that's capable of handling "real work" normally accomplished on a laptop, but also demand portability. "This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen", said the company in a blog post. However, Lenovo also had another new device on hand to unveil: the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano.
Lenovo's foldable device is about the size of a paperback when it's folded up. Actually, not bad! The crease is more visible in photos and videos, but in person, when the device is completely unfolded, it's nearly impossible to see. Even though the device now being shown off to press runs Windows 10, Lenovo said the final version won't run Microsoft's OS.
Lenovo didn't talk pricing or exact availability, but don't expect the foldable PC to come cheap.
Go into meetings, take notes with its pen, and write on a full-screen tablet. While we've seen convertibles that offer dual screens like the Yoga Book, this new ThinkPad X1 device has a single screen that folds right in the middle.
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On opening the PC, it lays flat and there are no visible creases in the fold. Should it ship as expected next year, look to Notebookcheck for what will be the most comprehensive review on the web.
A Bluetooth keyboard comes with the foldable device and is a must for working professionals.
My time with Lenovo's foldable PC was short.
The device utilizes Intel technology and includes a number of notable features, the incredible display aside, including stereo speakers, a pair of USB-C ports, and an infrared camera. After all, laptops are also folding PCs, just that they are not entirely made of a foldable display.