Lenovo has today announced the ThinkPad X1 Fold. It’s a world-first fully functioning PC with an OLED display.
The device goes from a smaller device into a fully flat 13.3 inch display, which will allow you to work on the go with a device that can fold down to not much larger than a smartphone.
Lenovo will also release a Mini Fold keyboard which can go over the bottom part of the screen (replacing the on-screen keyboard). A Fold Stand will also release which will allow you to connect a second screen, mouse and keyboard to your device.
The device will be available in mid-2020 and will start at $2,499 USD ($3,400 AUD).
Obviously, with it being a foldable device, there will be questions over durability. Lenovo has addressed these questions:
After working through six different hinge designs and more than twenty different variations, we created a unique multi-link torque hinge mechanism to manage stresses during fold actions.
The hinge mechanism, combined with lightweight alloys including a carbon fiber reinforced frame plate, optimizes the viewing experience when unfolded flat.
The pOLED display used in X1 Fold has undergone extensive durability testing to make sure it meets our usability criteria in terms of tapping, tracing and dropping.
Built to endure the same testing as other ThinkPad laptops, the X1 Fold continues to endure extensive screen folding cycles, stress tests and pen usage tests to meet our stringent quality criteria.