Lenovo announces the world’s first foldable PC part of the ThinkPad X1 family

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Lenovo plans on shipping this foldable PC to market by 2020, though they did not give a date or quarter.

Foldable phones are just making their debut to the market and are still facing some issues. Now, Lenovo has decided to unveil the world’s first foldable PC which has no official name but will be part of the ThinkPad X1 family.

The company is sharing very little detail about this new foldable PC but we have a few nuggets to wet your whistle with. Lenovo sees this device as a primary PC replacement, eliminating the need for a laptop and tablet. The company sees the ideal users of this device as business road warriors who are mobile most of the time.

Lenovo plans on shipping this foldable PC to market by 2020, though they did not give a date or quarter. This device will be part of the sleek ThinkPad X1 family but no name has been chosen yet. Lenovo says this device has been under development for the past three years.

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The device is being launched under the ThinkPad family because the brand is known for its high quality and reliability. Lenovo says they are putting the device through rigorous testing, especially of the hinges. They believe this device will be folded and unfolded more frequently than other devices so they are working hard to make it right.

The company says they use a torque hinge that allows the screen to bend and hold into a variety of angles like a notebook. As there is no name for this device, we didn’t expect pricing to show up either and we were right. We can’t imagine this device being cheap, especially being labeled under the ThinkPad X1 family of devices.

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The new foldable PC from Lenovo.

As for the operating system, it is going to be Windows based with Intel chip technology, no details were given on the CPU or GPU. The display Lenovo will be using for this is manufactured by LG and it is a folding OLED 2K display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The display is 13.3″ when it is folded into full-screen mode and 9.6″ when it is folded in half-screen mode.

There is an IR camera on board and you’ll have two USB Type-C ports, and probably no other I/O to speak of. The foldable PC will come with stereo speakers, Wacom Pen, Bluetooth keyboard and “all-day” battery life. Lenovo did not quote how many hours “all-day” translates to.

At Accelerate, we’re unveiling a preview and demo of the world’s first foldable PC. Made for highly mobile, tech-savvy professionals who demand the best tools, the new foldable PC joins the premium ThinkPad X1 family, promising that the unprecedented portability will in no way compromise productivity and reliability. This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen.

We all want access to a large comfortable screen even on the go, but travel can make this inconvenient or impossible. Never mind that remote work increased 140 percent from 2008 to 2016, with more and more employees taking time-sensitive, media-intensive projects with them everywhere. In the past, a 13.3-inch screen on a laptop demanded that the device stay at that same size footprint —not so with this single OLED 2K display made in collaboration with LG Display that can fold in half and reduce its width by 50 percent. Intel-powered with Windows, the foldable ThinkPad can transition with users from day to night.

Lenovo Press Release

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