Lenovo shows off the world’s first foldable PC

Folding mobile phones are already being called the next wave of technology, and regardless of fact, there is no plan to stop in the industry. Lenovo announced the world's first foldable PC, ThinkPad, which repeats the folding technology we already see on a larger mobile phone.

Lenovo is not a great technology demo. It has been in development for over three years and plans to release the finished product as part of the premium ThinkPad X1 brand in 2020. The goal here is a premium product that will be a laptop-class device, not an accessory, such as a tablet, or a secondary computer.


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Why create a foldable PC? The answer is mostly portability. Conceptually it is the opposite of what most folding mobile phones do. Companies like Samsung and Huawei are trying to make devices larger by using devices that are regular phone-sized. The idea of ​​a foldable ThinkPad, however, is to use a full size PC to reduce its size.

As a result, there is a 13.3 inch 4: 3 2K OLED display that can be folded down to the size of a hardcover book. It's not exactly the weight yet, but Lenovo says it's under two pounds as great as a hardcover copy of one of Harry Potter's books . You can already put it on the lighter side of the portable computer spectrum, but when you reduce it, it actually folds about half and is much smaller than a regular laptop.


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The foldable ThinkPad tested a

functional prototype compared to a typical 13 "notebook. However, you can not see much at this stage. The screen collapses, is advertised, and Windows works well with the touch interface. But if true magic happens here – even if that happens, software and optimized features will be provided that will run a unique form factor that folding screens can provide.

I would say that it really liked more than I expected. It's much smaller than a standard 13in. Laptop, and it's relatively compact, even if it's not something you want to put in a jacket pocket. The fold mode was really good to hold in my hand like a giant shiny book. Lenovo (or someone) crossed Finger's in my dreams of the right ebook reader software for my future two-page digital book.

At this stage, the hardware was clearly not complete. The folding mechanism was not particularly robust in prototypes (Lenovo could not take a close-up picture of how the hinge works or what it looks like). And as the viewing angle of the screen drops significantly, the colors change dramatically when viewed. Even at a slight angle – especially when folding the screen. It will still be aligned to more complete hardware.

On how to use the device, Lenovo is envisioning various use cases. It can be used when folded partially into a fully expanded or book-bound form factor, such as a large tablet. The built-in kickstand holds the display on the table for use with the included wireless keyboard and trackpad.

And the most interesting thing is that you can use it in an existing laptop-style form factor that turns the device sideways and uses a digital keyboard or a text surface. Pad, Lenovo's two screened yoga books. Uniquely, the right side of the display (used as the "bottom" part when used in notebook mode) contains the entire battery, so the battery does not fall over.

Another important question is about specifications. Unfortunately there is not a long way to go. Lenovo is working diligently on the details of the product. However, I know that it will run Windows and provide Intel CPUs. There are no further details, and we continue to use specifications such as RAM or battery life forecasting (Lenovo says it aims to use it throughout the day).

There is also a plan for some kind of cellular support. The bundled Wacom pen (pushed to the side when it hits and unfolds on the front of the device) is charged via USB-C. (I did not have a headphone jack on my model.)

There is also an elephant in the room. Collapsible technology is still in its infancy, and the notable issue of Samsung's first Galaxy Fold mainstream device overturned this concept. Lenovo is making sure that there is no similar problem with the foldable ThinkPad. The company takes a lot of time to test to see if the test results are doubled and to thoroughly remove the bug before the planned launch in 2020.

There is not much else in this step. I want to talk about Lenovo's foldable ThinkPad. You can only see prices, release dates, and unfinished hardware. It's still an ambitious idea, and it's a good idea to let Lenovo know that devices larger than your phone are pursuing folding technology too quickly. Anyone can assume that the final hardware will actually work when it is released next year.

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