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Portable, foldable PC

May 13, 2019.

Foldable ThinkPad X1.

ThinkPad X1 prototype. © Lenovo.

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. Surfing the latest craze for foldable phones, Lenovo has unveiled a functional prototype of a portable, foldable PC. And it’s not just a tech demo: Lenovo has been developing this for over three years and has plans to launch a finished device in 2020 as part of its premium ThinkPad X1 brand. The PC works with Windows and has a folding 13.3-inch OLED 1920×1440 screen made by LG that supports the Wacom pen. While the prototype runs on Windows 10, there are rumours of a foldable-specific version of Windows, and even of a specific interface. The device can be used in different ways: as a tablet, with the screen completely flat, as a traditional portable with the lower half of the screen turning into a virtual keyboard, or open like a book. Neither the price nor the release date are known.

Foldable ThinkPad X1.

Ars Technica, “Lenovo shows off the world’s first ‘foldable PC’.”

Circuit Breaker, “Lenovo shows off a folding-screen laptop, coming some time in 2020.”