Lenovo Debuts Foldable PC Prototype

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    Lenovo today unveiled a new foldable ThinkPad, marking the first foldable PC that we've seen. The new foldable PC made its debut at the Lenovo Transform event at the Accelerate conference in Florida.

    Lenovo's new device is in the ThinkPad X1 family, but it has no specific name as of yet, nor is work on it finished as of yet. The new PC is not unlike some of the foldable smartphones that we've seen, but in a larger form factor.


    The new PC was described as a full performance Intel Windows device with a flexible 13-inch 2K OLED display. It's always on, always connected, and supports a pen. It uses LG Display's foldable screen technology.

    The form factor allows it to "transition with you from day to night," with a tablet mode for watching and consuming content, a book mode for reading with the two sides folded in like a book, and a productivity mode that turns it into a laptop with a digital keyboard. It weighs less than two pounds and is about the size of a hardcover book.

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    Lenovo says that foldable PC combines laptop productivity with smartphone portability. "This is the only device you'll need in the future to be productive all day long," said a Lenovo executive introducing the device.
    Multiple media sites were able to go hands-on with the foldable PC to give some early first impressions. The Verge said that the screen folds "as advertised" and Windows "worked well enough," but there's still a lot of hardware refinements that need to be implemented.

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    Engadget says that when the PC was flat on the table, it "didn't have an obvious crease." The hinge was "sturdy" but still easy to open and close, and thanks to the leather exterior, Engadget felt that it resembled a Moleskine notebook when closed. It was comfortable to hold with one hand, and the stylus "felt intuitive."

    Lenovo is planning to provide more details on its foldable PC in 2020.

    Foldable display technology is in the early stages, and the first foldable smartphone - the Galaxy Fold - has been delayed by Samsung due to multiple review unit failures.

    It's not really clear if Apple is seriously considering foldable display technology at this point in time, but the company has registered patents and there have been a few rumors, including one suggesting Apple would work with LG Display, the same company supplying displays to Lenovo for the new foldable PC.

    Article Link: Lenovo Debuts Foldable PC Prototype
     
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    Very cool. More ideas for Apple until they release a foldable!
     
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    I'll stick with my Latitude from 2004. It's thinner.
     
  6. keysofanxiety, May 13, 2019
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    Another engineering exercise that we’ll look back at and shake our heads.

    To paraphrase Jobs: you need to look at the user experience and work backwards, rather than seeing what new technology you have and try to shoehorn it into a product.
     
  7. kriebe macrumors member

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    I respect the technology and innovation, but nobody wants this. Especially for the price this thing will be.

    Please keep innovating and pushing us forward, but use the tech for something useful.
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    And nobody wants a digital keyboard on a laptop...
     
  8. Guda.FL macrumors 6502

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    This will be the norm in 10-20 years. Probably better implementation.
     
  9. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

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    have fun hovering your fingers over the virtual keyboard for 10 hours
     
  10. jonplackett macrumors newbie

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    Still kinda dumb, but I like the idea better than a foldable phone.
     
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    Can we please delete ‘form factor’ from our vocabulary?
     
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    Samsung couldn't do the phone properly, I am not sure about how it is going to work for a laptop.
     
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    Whoa. That's pretty cool, and certainly was unexpected! Not sure how practical it is though, but it looks like the foldable trend is officially kicking in.
     
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    Hats off to Lenovo.

    I want this. I want to sail my ship up the waterfall. :D
     
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    Lenovo,
    I'm telling you now... Don't do it! There are piranhas in the water!
     
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    I’m not sure how having the screen fold adds any value to such a device. I’d love an iOS device like this, but it doesn’t need to have a folding screen. One up top for content, and the bottom screen for a keyboard/trackpad combo that adapts to whatever app you’re using, similar to the Touch Bar. All these foldable devices are just gimmicks for now. Cool tech, but they don’t add any value.
     
  19. cube macrumors P6

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    Wait, I thought people were complaining about the MBP keyboard already?
     
  20. Unity451 macrumors 6502

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    What could possibly go wrong?!
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    Who is this "Jobs" character you speak of...? Seems like a smart guy.
     
  21. thomas040 macrumors member

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    Yeah. But with more FOLDS!
     
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    More vaporware.

    Why don’t they just announce when it’s ready to ship?
     
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    Choice is good. This may not be for everyone, but it’s inevitable that foldable Tablets/Computers are in the feature for at least some of us. All those that demand thicker or more battery life or better keyboards, why are you so quick to say no to some one liking this?
     

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