Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable teases future of ultraportable laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable teases future of ultraportable laptops

It's hard to talk about Lenovo's new prototype, announced overnight at the company's Accelerate conference, simply due to lack of adequate language. It can be folded in half like a book and looks like a big tablet when opened up. Lenovo says that it weighs in under 2 pounds while the battery is deliberately placed on the right side of the device to weigh it down when used in laptop mode.

The ThinkPad X1 has a standard 13.3-inch laptop screen that can completely fold in half, reducing its size to 50%.

Get into the office, dock it into your multi-monitor setup and get to work. The company also has stated that the ThinkPad X1 foldable PC is powered by Intel and runs on Windows.

Although the foldable PC might sound gimmicky, it does have some compelling use cases: you could hold it like a book and read in your bed, watch videos while cooking without using a stand to prop it up, or take notes with a pen in a meeting.

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After lunch, set up the stand and use its mechanical keyboard to type out a few work emails. However, Lenovo also had another new device on hand to unveil: the ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano.

"This space-saving ThinkPad combines laptop productivity with smartphone portability to fold into your lifestyle like never before", concludes the company's press release.

Secondly, the foldable screen technology will be handled by LG Display rather than Samsung, and it's unclear if the decision is based on recent events, but it seems doubtful since Lenovo claims to have been working on the prototype for the past three years.

Lenovo will unveil more details about the product in 2020. Combining the corporate bonafides of ThinkPads with the design flair of a certain other computer maker's popular laptops, the ThinkBook lineup is explicitly designed for younger workers who need business essentials but crave them in an aesthetically pleasing package that doesn't scream "cubicle occupant". The 13s with Intel integrated graphics also has rapid charging capabilities, restoring 80 percent of battery life with just an hour's charge.

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