What you need to know
- Lenovo unveiled the ThinkPad X1 fold at CES 2020.
- The foldable PC includes a folding OLED display that allows it to work in several modes.
- The device will originally ship with Windows 10, and a Windows10X version is expected at a later date.
- The ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10 will be available in mid-2020, starting at $2,499.
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.
|Category||Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
Windows 10X (expected at later date)
|Display||13.3-inch flexible QXGA OLED|
4:3 aspect ratio
|Processor||Intel Core processor with Intel Hybrd Technology|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel UHD Gen 11|
|Memory||8GB LPDDR4X 4267MHz|
|Storage||Up to 1TB PCIe-NVMe M.2 2242 SSD|
|Webcam||5MP HD RGB+IR|
|Ports||1x USB-C Gen 1|
1x USB-C Gen 2
DisplayPort via USB-C
|Wireless||WWAN 5G/LTE/4G Capable|
WLAN 802.11 AX
LTE CAT 20
|Audio||Dolby Audio Speaker System|
Rapid Charge support
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 299.4x236x7.8mm without cover|
Folded: 152.2x236x27.8mm with cover
|Pen||New Active Pen|
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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The more I think of my uses, the more I like the Surface Neo route with discrete screens. The single folder is flashy and cool, but the discrete screens will be more reliable and work well for people using multiple apps at the same time.
I'd suggest that, all else being equal, a single foldable screen is better than two discrete screens because the single screen can do anything the discrete screens can but with no gap in the middle. That said, all else isn't equal at the moment. As folding screens get better though, the advantages that discrete screens have will shrink and, eventually, vanish. Thinking further as I typed this, I guess the one small advantage that discrete screens will always have is that there will never be a bend in the middle so you will never lose that small amount of screen space when the device is not folded the whole way out. For instance, thinking of a Neo or Duo in tent mode, you get one perfectly flat screen on which to play a video. If the device had a single, foldable screen, there'd be a bit at the top that was lost and or distorted due to the fold.
"all things being equal" is probably still many years off
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