Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Fold at CES 2020. The foldable PC has a foldable OLED display that allows it to morph into different modes. Lenovo first teased the device in May of 2019, but revealed more details at CES. The ThinkPad X1 Fold will originally be available with Windows 10 Pro, but Lenovo states that a Windows 10X version is expected at a later date. The Windows 10 version of the device will be available in mid-2020, starting at $2,499.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is one of the first devices in what could be a wave of folding PCs and phones. Unfolded, the device has a 13.3-inch OLED display. It can be used unfolded as a large display, partially folded like a digital book, or folded like a more traditional laptop. It comes with an integrated kickstand that allows people to use it in landscape mode, almost like a small portable desktop.
Lenovo designed the ThinkPad X1 Fold to utilize both halves of the display either independently or together. People can use multiple apps on both halves of the display simultaneously or use the entire screen for a single app.
In addition to being a versatile folding PC, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is also an Always Connected PC. Lenovo co-engineered the device with Intel. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is powered by Intel Core processors and Intel Hybrid Technology, though Lenovo did not specify which processors are inside the device.
Lenovo states that the ThinkPad X1 Fold will “offer the durability and reliability users expect from any ThinkPad,” suggesting that despite its folding nature, the device shouldn’t be fragile. It’s made out of a combination of lightweight allows and carbon fiber. The outside is covered in a leather folio cover that makes the device appear like a notebook.
The device also works with the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard, which gives users access to a traditional keyboard for the device. The keyboard stores inside the ThinkPad X1 Fold when the PC is closed and charges wirelessly when it’s inside the PC.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold also supports Lenovo’s new Active Pen, giving users another input method for the folding PC.
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