Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first foldable PC’

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Lenovo unveils ‘world’s first foldable PC’

Emphasising its versatility, Lenovo says their prototype is the "world's first foldable PC", and is geared toward "highly mobile, tech-savvy professionals".

MrMobile's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Prototype Hands-On was produced following an hour with a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding PC prototype at a media briefing hosted by Lenovo.

They note that in the past, a 13.3-inch screen on a laptop demanded that the device stay at that same size footprint -but that the single OLED 2K display made in collaboration with LG Display can fold in half and reduce its width by 50 percent.

The PC is powered by Intel processor and runs on Windows operating system.

Interestingly, Lenovo has now unveiled a foldable screen device but it's not a smartphone.

"The new wave of young business leaders expects their workplace devices to do more but with a minimalist look", Lenovo senior vice president Eric Yu says. Samsung and Huawei have launched their foldable smartphones and will soon be available for purchase. Lenovo is now looking to bring the popular "foldable" design to PC. We no longer create devices for our needs but needs for our devices, driven in our experiments by the fact of possibility rather than the enthusiasm of desire.

A name for the device was not disclosed, with the company identifying it only as a new product for the ThinkPad X1 series-which includes notebooks such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Extreme.

"We all want access to a large comfortable screen even on the go, but travel can make this inconvenient or impossible", the company said at the event.

Folded up, though, the tablet morphs into small laptop-like device with half of the screen used as a regular screen and the other as a touchscreen keyboard. In addition to a Bluetooth keyboard, the device will also provide users with a Wacom pen for times when a stylus is ideal. To simply call it a "foldable laptop" would be to imply all laptops aren't foldable, but to call it a "foldable tablet" would be inaccurate.

Lenovo's never been shy to try new form factors and its foldable Windows PC is definitely eye-catching and refreshing, but is it really solving a problem?

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