Lenovo wants to appeal to business users with the Thinkpad X1 Foldable, as it says in a press release . The new notebook is to revolutionize the way of working and set new standards for the future. It remains to be seen whether Lenovo will succeed with the new notebook.
After introducing the first foldable smartphones, Lenovo now presents the world’s first notebook with a foldable display. According to the manufacturer, the innovation called Thinkpad X1 Foldable is optimized for productive work.
After the electronics manufacturers Samsung and Huawei already presented the first smartphones with a foldable display , Lenovo is presenting the world’s first notebook with a foldable screen during its in-house exhibition Accelerate in Orlando, Florida. The new notebook will no longer be launched in 2019, but as part of the Premium Line Thinkpad X1 in 2020.
No cell phone, no tablet, no hybrid:
According to the manufacturer, the Thinkpad X1 Foldable will not run Android as the operating system, but the desktop version of Microsoft Windows 10. As Lenovo further emphasizes, the notebook is not a phone, a tablet or a hybrid; it is a full-fledged notebook with a foldable screen. A real computer .
Thanks to the special form factor, the Thinkpad X1 Foldable can be used flexibly in many situations. For example, it can be folded into a book to read magazines and magazines, such as via readly, or to access and respond to private messages from social networks or emails that are more protected from the eyes of third parties. In order to read the news, the notebook can then be unfolded completely – similar to a newspaper. But films and series can also be viewed in full format.
In the office, the notebook can be connected to several monitors on the desk and the included Bluetooth keyboard can also be used to easily write longer texts or edit complex Excel tables.
During business meetings, the Thinkpad X1 Foldable can be used with a stylus to hold handwritten notes, as Lenovo continues in the press release.
Hardly any details about the technical equipment are known:
What is hidden under the foldable case of the Thinkpad X1 Foldable is still largely a secret. So far, Lenovo has only revealed that the notebook’s display will have a 13.3-inch diagonal and a 2K resolution. The foldable display can be folded up using a hinge and was developed in collaboration with LG.
An Intel chip will be used as the processor. How powerful this will be is not yet known. According to rumors, a webcam is also planned, but its final position and the positions of other connections such as the charging plug or the USB-C ports are not yet clear. So fans of the Thinkpad X1 Foldable will probably have to be patient until the final presentation of the final design.
Further development of the Yoga Books:
The new Thinkpad X1 Foldable from Lenovo can be seen as a consequent further development of the Yoga Books. The company presented the first model at the Ifa in 2016. It had a large touch display and a touch keyboard and could also be operated with a pen if required. Two years later, in 2018, Lenovo then published the second generation of the Yoga Book with an additional e-ink display that could also be used as a keyboard. However, both models had not proven to be practical in day-to-day work and were therefore not implemented. Now Lenovo is trying again with the Thinkpad X1 Foldable.
Thinkpad X1 Fold: Notebook with foldable display
In addition, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is a foldable notebook with a 13.3-inch OLED display in Las Vegas. The weight of the laptop is said to be less than a kilogram. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is expected to be available from mid-2020, and is expected to be available starting at $ 2,499 plus VAT.
There are currently only rumors about the price, because Lenovo has not yet given any information about the price of the new notebook. However, since the notebook is to become a new member of the premium line and is also the first notebook in the world with a foldable display, it will probably be priced above the middle class. Until the notebook is available as an offer , it will depend on how well the Thinkpad X1 Foldable sells, when and whether a successor model is planned and which comparable models the competitors will bring to the market.
The first suggestions for improvement are already circulating on the Internet:
The new notebook is not even on the market, and improvement forums and disappointed opinions can already be read in various forums. Most users would have preferred a larger display, but typing on a digital keyboard without haptic feedback is always perceived as negative. In addition, after the disaster of Samsung’s foldable smartphone, many users do not yet trust the foldable displays so much – although the problems with the novel displays now seem to be slowly being erased. It remains to be seen whether the Thinkpad X1 Foldable Lenovo will achieve the desired success and revolutionize the notebook market.
ThinkBook Plus with e-ink display
The ThinkBook Plus, on the other hand, is a notebook with an e-ink display on the cover. Drawings and notes should be created on this display with the Precision Pen. Important information can be displayed even when the lid is closed. According to company information, the ThinkBook Plus is expected to be available from May 2020. The starting price should be 1,099 euros net.
Another trade fair novelty is the Lenovo IdePad Duet Chromebook. It is said to be one of the lightest and thinnest Chromebooks in the world. The battery capacity allows use of up to ten hours. A USI pen for manual writing is optionally available. From the third quarter, the IdeaPad Dueat Chromebook will be available from 299 euros.
14-inch display and up to 24 hours of battery life
The connection via 5G should be up to ten times faster than 4G. The 1.3 kg Yoga 5G is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform and a 14 inch full HD UPS display. Also on board are Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics and stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos. The battery life should be up to 24 hours.
The Yoga 5G can also be operated with a digital pen, Windows 10 is preinstalled. According to Lenovo, the notebook has a software-based temperature control that is supposed to keep the computer cool even without a fan. Depending on the activity of the user, the performance of the laptop is adjusted.
The Yoga 5G should be available in spring 2020 at prices from 1,299 euros.