Lenovo has unveiled full details of its revolutionary foldable PC teased in May 2019. ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first fully functional PC with a folding OLED display. It will offer a ground-breaking new form factor that will reimagine mobile computing. As it morphs through multiple modes, from a small footprint device into a fully flat 13.3-inch display, X1 Fold will deliver laptop efficiency with smartphone portability. Built from a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber and covered in a leather folio cover, the X1 Fold is powered by Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Hybrid Technology and will initially be available with Windows 10 in mid-2020. Lenovo is planning on offering ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10X at a later date for an enhanced foldable user experience. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Flexible, Printed OLED Displays 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets, Technologies.
Unfolded, the X1 Fold is ideal for touch heavy content consumption with 13.3-inches of OLED display and weighing less than 2.2 pounds (1kg). When folded closed, the keyboard is stored and wirelessly charged inside the system and secured with magnets.
In a more familiar laptop orientation, users can leverage two independent displays to optimize efficiency during certain multitasking activities. Participate in a video call on the upper screen while reviewing and editing a presentation on the lower screen. Compare documents, one above the other or take notes on one screen while watching a lecture on the other. These use cases can of course be done in portrait or landscape mode, whichever suits the user best.
"Creating the world's first foldable PC is a major engineering challenge, but Lenovo is more than up to the task," said Christian Teismann, President, Commercial PC and Smart Device Business, Lenovo. "Our legendary ThinkPad heritage has given us the foundation for progressive design over the years to now build an engineering masterpiece with X1 Fold, a new category of device that comes along once in a decade."
"Our longstanding partnership with Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of PC experiences and design," said Gregory Bryant, Intel Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group. "The collaboration across our teams has been incredible, and the deep co-engineering work we've done at the platform level has clearly yielded beautiful results with this unique, foldable-screen PC."
Source and top image: Lenovo
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