It’s been a while, but it’s official now. The world’s first laptop with a folding screen is a reality, and it comes from the hand of Lenovo. The computer is a device designed for professionals and users looking for versatility taken to the extreme. This laptop has a 13.3-inch folding screen that lets you use the computer by dividing tasks into two screens or completely open it with the help of a wireless keyboard and a tab on the back that opens to hold it as a monitor. And all this with the advantage of being able to close it like a book and carry it in your bag or backpack without taking up much space.
You can already preorder this laptop to be delivered within a few weeks. However, the prices are to remove the hiccups: the price starts from $2,499. For now, we’ll tell you the main features of this revolutionary laptop.
ThinkPad X1 Fold Datasheet
|ThinkPad X1 Fold|
|Screen||13.3-inch foldable OLED touchscreen with 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution, 300 nit brightness, 95% DCI-P3 footprint|
|Processor and RAM||11th Gen Intel Core i5|
|Internal memory||Up to 1TB in M.2 PCIe SSD format|
|Graphics||Intel Integrated Graphics|
|Sound||Dolby Atmos Compatible Speakers|
|Autonomy||Up to 11 hours of use|
|Connectivity||2 x USB Type-C (one Gen 1 and one Gen 2)|
5G (Optional SIM card slot)
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Design and dimensions||Metal|
299.4 x 236.0 x 11.5 mm (1 kilo)
|Featured Features||Optional Bluetooth keyboard with magnetic attachment|
|Release date||You can book now|
A Screen That Folds to your Liking
There is no doubt that this is one of the most original and groundbreaking laptops you will find on the market today, if not the most. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold opens a new path within professional laptops. Is it going to be a success? That can only be revealed by time. But the Asian company has put all the meat on the table to combine the spectacular display with a useful computer.
This screen is an OLED folding type, with a diagonal size of 13.3 inches. That is the same standard as traditional ultrabooks. This panel has a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and reaches a brightness of 300 nits, a figure that is a little above the average of what is usually provided on medium-high-range laptop screens. The magic is you can open the screen up to 180 degrees. The company has worked by superimposing several layers below the screen itself to ensure that the movement is agile but robust. Resistance tests have been carried out by making the gesture of opening and closing the laptop more than 30,000 times.
Lenovo also defends the strength of the screen in every position, with a final click when you put it in a fully open position to ensure it is flat. When using it, you have several options to get the most out of it. On the one hand, you can place it completely flat as if it is a large-format tablet or as the screen of a monitor. This is aided by the presence of a tab on the back of the screen so that it can be easily held upright. You can also fold it in half to use it as a traditional laptop, with the option of playing with the same content full screen (and you can move it without cutting across the entire touch surface) or split the screen in two for multitasking.
In any case, I hope this model will arrive soon so that we can test first how the panel reacts to touch gestures and also know how useful it is daily.
Lightweight Design with Two Key Accessories
As for the design, it must be said that it has been taken care of a lot, and having the screen closed we have a very attractive book format device. The dimensions, in this case, are placed in 158.2 x 236.0 x 27.8 millimeters. That is a fairly compact computer that will fit without problems in any backpack or medium-sized bag and can also be carried in the arm with great style. This is a laptop that barely weighs 1 kilo, a very attractive figure that follows the same line as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, the other computer that the Asian company has presented to society.
By the way, you can’t talk about this laptop without talking about its accessories. On the one hand, we can use a wireless keyboard to work with the laptop traditionally. What I find groundbreaking is that this keyboard can be magnetically attached to one of the parts of the screen to start using it integrated into the laptop itself (and charging it in the meantime). Although a lot of screen space is lost, I think it is a very ingenious solution. We can close the screen without problems with this keyboard inside, so transport is not a problem either.
The other key accessory is the stylus. A must-have accessory for graphic designers and users who are used to using the pen. In fact, by being able to open the laptop completely, we have a good-sized canvas to leave creativity free.
Fair Connectivity and Mid-range Specifications
In connectivity, there are lights and some shadows. On the positive side, Lenovo is going to market a 5G-compatible version, so we can connect anywhere without using our mobile phones. It also has WiFi 6 AX and Bluetooth 5.1, the latest versions of these technologies. It is in the physical connectivity that we find the greatest limitations. The format of the laptop itself makes it difficult to expand in this area, so we will have to make do with two type C USB ports. We can always use a dock to access other physical connectivity that is considered classic (full-size USB, HDMI), but the truth is that when working it can be heavier to have to make use of another accessory.
On the other hand, when it comes to specifications, a fairly decent technical set has been maintained. We are talking about eleventh-generation Intel Core i5 processors (the exact chip has not been disclosed yet) and 8 GB RAM, together with an internal memory of up to 1 TB in SSD format. As for autonomy, official data speak of up to 11 hours of use with a single charge. As always, this is a theoretical figure that will rarely be met in real use, but we should be able to work with the device for about five or six hours with average use.
Price and Availability
A premium price for revolutionary equipment. The ThinkPad X1 Fold can be pre-order on the Lenovo official store for $2,499. Everything revolves around its folding screen and the numerous options it opens up to us. Will it be able to replace a traditional type of laptop? That remains to be seen, but the first contact promises a lot. Also, the inclusion of accessories such as the active pen and wireless keyboard can give us a lot of play. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold can become, in its own right, the most interesting laptop of the year.