Lenovo unveils the world’s first foldable laptop
Published : Thursday, 16 May, 2019 at 5:15 PM Count : 429
Lenovo isn't letting Samsung's folding phone woes prevent it from taking a crack at flexible screens.
The Chinese tech giant is bringing bendy screen technology to a totally new gadget, releasing what it's calling the 'world's first foldable PC.'
Laptops can already fold in half, but instead of a screen and a keyboard, the interior of Lenovo's as-yet-unnamed PC features a 13.3-inch OLED display that, when unfolded, transforms the device into a sizable tablet.
'This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen,' the company said in a statement.
The device is ideal for consumers who are on the go and want the benefit of a full-screen tablet, but with all the computing power of a standard laptop.
When it's in laptop mode, an on-screen keyboard appears to let you type emails, write documents and more.
Users can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard to use with the device when it's folded open, to make use of the screen's maximum real estate.
One promising detail is that there doesn't appear to be an unsightly crease in the middle of the display - an issue that plagued review units of Samsung's Galaxy Fold.
Early hands-on reviews of the device by Gizmodo, Engadget and others noted how the interior screen appears to be pretty seamless.
Similar to the Galaxy Fold, the laptop latches closed magnetically and has a small gap where the hinge is located.
Lenovo says the form-factor makes the device ideal for 'day and night' use.
Users can fold it in half to read their favorite book in bed, unfold it and stand it up using the built-in kickstand to watch their favorite videos hands-free, or use it as a full-screen tablet to take notes during a meeting at the office.
When folded in half, it becomes about the size of a large hardcover book.
Lenovo claims it's pretty lightweight, too, weighing in under 2lbs.
The device also features a built-in infrared camera that can power things like Windows Hello, Microsoft's biometric security system that lets users sign in using facial recognition technology.
There are two USB-C ports located on the device, in addition to stereo speakers and 'all-day battery life,' according to Lenovo.
The company says the device is still an early prototype, with more details about it coming in 2020.
Lenovo hopes to be able to include a Wacom pen and cellular support in future versions of the device, according to the Verge.
It didn't provide many specific details about specifications or price, other than noting it will be a part of the ThinkPad X1 lineup.-Daily Mail