Lenovo showcases ‘the world’s first foldable PC’
Published : Thursday, 9 January, 2020 at 9:00 PM Count : 484
Lenovo is showing attendees at this year's CES in Las Vegas an ambitious new laptop, which the company describes as ‘the world’s first foldable PC.’
Called the ThinkPad X1 Fold, the device appears at first glance like a normal tablet featuring a 13.3-inch OLED screen.
When coupled with an external magnetic Bluetooth keyboard and set on its side with a builtin kickstand, the Fold can be used like a standard laptop.
Users can also literally bend the screen in half, either folding it closed like a book, or bending it to a 90-degree angle.
When the screen is folded at a right angle, it can be used to multitask, with one program running on the top and another running on the bottom.
For instance, users can connect to a video conference call on the upright part of the screen, while having a spreadsheet or word processing document open on the bottom half.
The Fold will also have a virtual keyboard that can be pulled up at any time in case the external keyboard is unavailable.
Lenovo says the Fold will retail for around $2,500 and will be available in mid-2020, though an exact date has not been finalized.
It uses Intel Core laptop processors, offers 8GB of memory, and will support optional 5G connectivity option.
The Fold will also come with a leather folio cover to give it the appearance of a planner or personal notebook when its folded in half.
The company engineered the device so that a small gap just big enough to store the external Bluetooth keyboard when the device is folded shut.
The screen itself is actually a blend of six different layers of plastic and metal framing material, designed to make the screen both flexible and durable.
Lenovo says the screen has a hardness rating of 6H, which a company representative told Gizmodo will make the device much more durable than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The fold built is around a four-point hinge system that connects two carbon-fiber plates.
To avoid any bulging or buckling in the screen, the hinge has been designed to pull both sides of the screen flat when fully extended.
Because of the uniquely thin housing, Lenovo developed a custom cooling system that combines a thin fan, a heat sink, and a heat spreader.
The Fold will offer an 11 hour battery life and weigh just 2.2 pounds.-Daily Mail