Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Lenovo unveils world’s first foldable PC

Lenovo unveils world’s first foldable PC

Lenovo calls it the "World's First Foldable PC", but is of course making reference to the fact that it packs a foldable screen, rather than its clamshell form factor.

Lenovo has been working on this PC for the past three years and should it eventually ship in 2020 as planned, it will carry Lenovo's premium ThinkPad X1 branding.

This prototype has a 13.3-inch OLED display with 2K resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio.

Lenovo did not provide any performance specifications for the prototype device, but claims that it is made for "highly mobile, tech savvy professionals who demand the best tools".

Lenovo says this is not a phone, tablet or a hybrid, but a full-fledged notebook with a foldable screen.

Lenovo's foldable device is about the size of a paperback when it's folded up.

As promising as the hardware is, the Galaxy Fold reminded us that foldable devices are still in their infancy. You'd be able to take it to meetings where you'd use the pen to take notes and use it as a large screen tablet to view TV or a movie when back at home. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs and here is where Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes into play.

You can also use the device with an external physical keyboard, with the screen acting as a standard monitor. The company is also doubling the testing on its device's hinge to ensure functionality and reliability.

Apparently, adopting folding screens in laptops is the exact opposite to smartphones. Despite its compact dimensions, Lenovo is fitting the system with some pretty beefy hardware including 8generation Intel Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors - with and without vPro technology.

Since Lenovo hasn't shared more info on the same, we expect to get more information by the next CES event. The device will run on the latest version of Windows and an Intel chipset.

It will also come with two USB-C ports which will support external displays, charging and data transfer.

Maybe I'm wrong and foldable PCs are the next big thing, but I remain skeptical they'll be more than a passing fad.

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