Lenovo Shows World’s First Foldable PC
See, now, this is what I’ve been waiting for. Forget about the foldable phone, which is more of a gimmick to me than anything. What the tech world really has been waiting for with these foldable displays is something like the ThinkPad X1 from Lenovo, which was unveiled during the company’s Accelerate 2019 conference this week in Orlando.
Details on availability and pricing are not expected to be made public some time in 2020, but Lenovo shared plenty of juicy information about the forthcoming product, which included a prototype of the new foldable laptop. What the company is dubbing the ThinkPad X1 family, the product line will break the mold of being an oversized smartphone or a touchscreen tablet, or some sort of funky hybrid—all of which we’ve seen hit the market over the past several years. Rather, Lenovo will adopt the growing and advancing trend of foldable displays and apply it to the laptop market. The ThinkPad X1 will be a full-fledged laptop that happens to have a foldable display.
And this is exactly the type of implementation that I’ve been craving when it comes to this new segment of foldables. We’ve not seen a single smartphone design application that works or makes sense yet—and that’s not to say manufacturers haven’t accomplished some fairly impressive feats in launching these foldable display devices. Rather, the area in which foldables seem to make more sense is in our larger devices, either making them more portable, or in converting displays that are already large into even larger devices.