THINKPAD X1 FOLD, The World’s First Foldable Laptop


ThinkPad X1 Fold
X1 Fold

The ThinkPad X1 Fold is yet the newest funky thing from the tech giant Lenovo. As other tech giants struggle with a foldable display, however, in a larger form factor, Lenovo looks to have overcome those riddles with the company’s foldable laptop. This came as Lenovo announced the delivery of its foldable screen it promised in May last year.

The product that is set to go on sale this year is structured with the combination of the power and usability of a laptop’s portability and a smartphone. You have to hand it to Lenovo as the company experiments with a unique concept. But from a broader perspective is like having two systems in one.

Other tech companies like Samsung encountered a couple of problems with its Galaxy Fold, while the Motorola Razr could be the next to make its fall in the United States. On the other hand, Huawei Mate X is yet to launch its long-awaited foldable screen phone. And more than anything, the new X1 Fold is practically the latest with a lovely convertible feature that promises the best of tablets and laptops in a single form factor.

Speaking of the device dimension and features, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 13.3 inch OLED touchscreen with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 at a ratio of 4:3 that could be used with the optional Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard or the onscreen keyboard and could be charged wirelessly.

The onscreen keyboard of this device is easily deployed by tapping the icon at the right-hand corner of the bottom, and when tapped – pulls up the onscreen keyboard on the lower half of the screen. In the same vein, the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard could also be placed over the bottom half of the screen, resulting in a mini laptop.

ThinkPad X1 Fold

According to reports, the OLED screen has been in development for four years by LG display, with the foldable mechanism reinforced with a carbon fiber plate that is built to withstand the stresses placed upon it while folding.

At the moment, there isn’t a special advantage over the foldable screen, based on the fact that Microsoft is still developing Windows 10X for dual-screen devices. However, Lenovo has deployed mode-switching software for Windows 10 in a bid to support the configurations its foldable device is capable of. Should Microsoft release Windows 10X? One could easily switch the device operating system for dual-screen.

ThinkPad X1 Fold is co-engineered with tech giant Intel, which will supply Intel Core Processors – precisely Intel Hybrid Technology, which promises 8 GB of RAM coupled with an SSD that offers up to 1 TB storage capacity. The company also claimed 5G connectivity will be available as an option, including the Mini Fold Keyboard and the Active Pen. Adding that, the battery life is 11 hours, but until you try it out.

Lastly, the Windows 10 version of X1 Fold is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of this year with prices starting from $2,500.

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