CES 2020: Lenovo Unveils A Foldable PC Called ThinkPad X1 Fold

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Last year, Lenovo revealed a preview and demo of the worlds first foldable PC called the ThinkPad X1 at its Lenovo Accelerate event. Now, the tech company at CES 2020 says the foldable PC will be available later this year as a commercial product.

The ThinkPad X1 sports a 2048 x 1536 pixel, 4:3 aspect ratio, 13.3-inch OLED panel that is supplied by LG. The device uses Intel Core processors with Intel Hybrid technology, UHD graphics, has up to 8GB of  RAM and as well up to 1TB PCIe SSD storage.

There's a 50WHr battery capable of producing 11-hour battery life, a 5MP webcam, an IR camera Windows Hello, CAT 20 LTE support and will run on Windows 10 Pro. At the edges of the ThinkPad X1 Fold lies one SIM card slot, one USB-C Gen 1 port, one USB-C Gen 2 port and, yup, no audio jack.

Since this device falls under the ThinkPad line of product, Lenovo says the device has been put through the durability test durability test ThinkPad products do undergo, and as well folding cycle tests. There is a multi-link torque hinge developed by Lenovo to make the opening and closing of the device seamless.

Lenovo says the ThinkPad X1 Fold is for people who frequently use a laptop, tablet, and a smartphone but want a device that would be able to combine some of the features of those device into one gadget.

The ThinkPad X1 Fold can somewhat... act like a tablet or a large smartphone when its opened, or as a makeshift laptop when it's folded in a 90 degree angle. Though there's an on-screen keyboard for typing, Lenovo also developed a Bluetooth keyboard that magnetically attach itself to the bottom portion of the screen.

There's even a built stand which can be used to place the PC on when completely opened, and then used with the wireless keyboard to make it look like what we will call "the world's smallest all-in-one PC".

When placed in a portrait mode and placed in a 90 degree angle, there'a an option that allows users to bring up an on-screen keyboard at the bottom. However, as noted before, the user can use the Bluetooth keyboard that can magnetically attach itself onto the bottom half of the screen.When the keyboard is placed between the two halves of the screen, the foldable PC looks more like the traditional laptop.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold will hit the markets in mid-2020 at a starting price of $2,499. That's a lot of money for a new product that hasn't really proved itself in different forms.

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