Further blurring the lines between tablet and computer, Lenovo has unveiled the world’s first foldable PC.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is designed to leverage the advantages of a traditional computer, with the benefits of a tablet or smartphone. With book-style form factor, the device offers the ability to use a single large screen or two smaller ones. The device can be held in portrait mode or folded in landscape mode, similar to a laptop. The ThinkPad also includes a Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard that stores inside the PC, held by magnets, ready for use when needed.
“In portrait orientation, users can take notes or draw out concepts using the Active Pen or scroll through and sign a legal document. Fold the screen out completely flat and use as a tablet or bend it slightly to read a few chapters on your next flight like a book.
“In a more familiar laptop orientation, users can leverage two independent displays to optimize efficiency during certain multitasking activities. Participate in a video call on the upper screen while reviewing and editing a presentation on the lower screen. Compare documents, one above the other or take notes on one screen while watching a lecture on the other. These use cases can of course be done in portrait or landscape mode, whichever suits the user best.
“Finally, X1 Fold is perfectly suited in an office environment. Connect a full-size keyboard and mouse and a second display via USB Type-C and quickly place the device in the optional ThinkPad X1 Fold Stand in portrait or landscape mode. Users will enjoy the performance benefits of a complete desk solution.”
The ThinkPad will offer optional 5G for users who want to take advantage of high-speed connectivity. Lenovo’s foldable PC is a good example of the fundamental shifts PC design is experiencing as result of new technologies and capabilities.