Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first foldable PC’

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Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first foldable PC’

At first blush, it would seem that Lenovo has been making foldable PCs for decades in plain ol" laptops and that the company's new offering is just a semantic juggling of the definition of "foldable pc' but as the company puts it, "this is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen". The display will feature vibrant OLED technology from LG, 2K resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio.

The foldable ThinkPad X1 device will be able to replace your laptop to serve as your primary PC, according to Lenovo. Lenovo says that it weighs in under 2 pounds while the battery is deliberately placed on the right side of the device to weigh it down when used in laptop mode.

Details of the foldable notebook are still limited and Lenovo hasn't revealed the final name of the product.

Lenovo's foldable device is about the size of a paperback when it's folded up. We no longer create devices for our needs but needs for our devices, driven in our experiments by the fact of possibility rather than the enthusiasm of desire. You can pop a touchscreen keyboard up on the bottom of the screen and use it as a laptop, which will probably be very bad for any extended period of time. Because the device folds inwards, you theoretically don't have to worry about the display getting scuffed in your bag. The company is also doubling the testing on its device's hinge to ensure functionality and reliability. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs and here is where Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes into play. And what's stopping one from calling this foldable PC a folding tablet? Should it ship as expected next year, look to Notebookcheck for what will be the most comprehensive review on the web. In addition to a Bluetooth keyboard, the device will also provide users with a Wacom pen for times when a stylus is ideal.

What are your thoughts on Lenovo's foldable PC prototype? It will run Windows 10 when it is launched on unspecified hardware that will include an Intel chip.

Maybe I'm wrong and foldable PCs are the next big thing, but I remain skeptical they'll be more than a passing fad.

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