The First Foldable Laptop Announced from Lenovo [Thinkpad X1 Prototype]

Johnny Reid

Technology

May 14, 2019

July 19, 2019

Foldable screen technology is the hottest topic in new product releases so far in 2019. Samsung and Huawei announcing and showing off their foldable phones has stirred anticipation from the consumer market to see the real-world use. Samsung unfortunately ran into durability issues with their Fold review units and was forced to delay their release. With the added screen real estate and functionality, it surely would be soon that manufacturers would announce a tablet/laptop foldable concept. That is exactly what happened yesterday with Lenovo being the first to announce their foldable laptop, the ThinkPad X1 prototype. Read on to learn the details of this new prototype and when we will see it come to market.

Lenovo was excited to show off their first prototype version of the new ThinkPad X1 prototype. LG was commissioned to make the flexible OLED panel that boasts a 4:3 aspect ratio and 2K resolution. The display is 13.3-inches when in tablet mode which is fully utilized with the included wireless keyboard to use at a desk setup. The screen can be folded in half turning the bottom screen into a digital keyboard which drastically reduces the footprint of this portable 2lb device.

When closed, the ThinkPad prototype leaves a small gap near the hinge and while open the laptop lays completely flat on the table while providing a sturdy but easy to open hinge. LG did a great job with this screen because there is not much of a visible crease on the screen which was an area of concern for many consumers considering purchasing these expensive, new devices.

There is no pricing or set release date yet from Lenovo, but they estimate the release to be sometime early 2020. We’re sure this isn’t the only foldable laptop concept we will see this year, but with Lenovo off to the early start it will be a race for other manufacturers to develop and bring their foldable products to market. The increased flexibility and productivity excite us, especially in a laptop that when folded is the size of a typical paper notebook. Stay tuned to goHere Insights to stay current with foldable tech and other cutting-edge products.

 

 

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