Chinese PC maker Lenovo has debuted a preview version of what it calls the world’s first foldable PC.
The foldable PC, in the ThinkPad X1 family, is a “full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen”, the company said.
The machine, which Lenovo hopes to make available for purchase in 2020, features a 2K-resolution OLED display, made by LG Display, that can fold in half, reducing its width by 50% (watch the video below).
The company said there are various use cases for the foldable ThinkPad, among them the ability to:
- Wake up, fold it into a book and start the day scanning social media feeds in bed;
- Walk to the kitchen, unfold it and stand it up for hands-free viewing of news sites;
- Take a train or bus ride and morph it into a clamshell to catch up on e-mails;
- Get into the office, dock it into a multi-monitor setup and get to work;
- Go into meetings, take notes with its pen and write on a full-screen tablet;
- After lunch, set up the stand and use its mechanical keyboard to type out a few work e-mails;
- Come home at night, open it up and stream a television show; and
- Relax in bed, fold it in half and consume a book before going to sleep.
With demand for foldable smartphones from Samsung Electronic and Huawei still to be put to the test, it’s unclear whether a foldable PC will catch on. If it does, be sure that Lenovo’s rivals will soon be rushing to build devices of their own.
Lenovo hasn’t said how much the computer will cost. It is powered by an Intel processor and runs Windows 10. — (c) 2019 NewsCentral Media