Lenovo unveils the ‘world’s first’ foldable laptop with a 13-inch bendable screen that folds in half to become the size of a book
- The as-yet-unnamed PC features a 13.3-inch all-screen display in the interior
- In laptop mode, it has an on-screen keyboard for typing notes or writing emails
- When closed, it becomes about the size of a book, allowing for portability
- The device is still in the early stages of development, but could launch in 2020
Lenovo isn’t letting Samsung’s folding phone woes prevent it from taking a crack at flexible screens.
The Chinese tech giant is bringing bendy screen technology to a totally new gadget, releasing what it’s calling the ‘world’s first foldable PC.’
Laptops can already fold in half, but instead of a screen and a keyboard, the interior of Lenovo’s as-yet-unnamed PC features a 13.3-inch OLED display that, when unfolded, transforms the device into a sizable tablet.
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LENOVO FOLDING LAPTOP SPECS
- 13.3-inch screen when folded open
- 9.6-inch screen when in laptop mode
- OLED display with 4:3 2K resolution
- Intel processor
- ‘All-day’ battery
- USB C ports
- Infrared camera
- Stereo speakers
‘This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen,’ the company said in a statement.
The device is ideal for consumers who are on the go and want the benefit of a full-screen tablet, but with all the computing power of a standard laptop.
When it’s in laptop mode, an on-screen keyboard appears to let you type emails, write documents and more.
Users can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard to use with the device when it’s folded open, to make use of the screen’s maximum real estate.
One promising detail is that there doesn’t appear to be an unsightly crease in the middle of the display – an issue that plagued review units of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
Similar to the Galaxy Fold, the laptop latches closed magnetically and has a small gap where the hinge is located.
Lenovo isn’t letting Samsung’s folding phone woes prevent it from taking a crack at flexible screens. The firm is now releasing what it’s calling the ‘world’s first foldable PC’
Users can fold it in half to read a book in bed, unfold it and stand it up to watch their favorite videos hands-free, or use it as a full-screen tablet to take notes during a meeting at the office
Lenovo says the form-factor makes the device ideal for ‘day and night’ use.
Users can fold it in half to read their favorite book in bed, unfold it and stand it up using the built-in kickstand to watch their favorite videos hands-free, or use it as a full-screen tablet to take notes during a meeting at the office.
When folded in half, it becomes about the size of a large hardcover book.
Lenovo claims it’s pretty lightweight, too, weighing in under 2lbs.
The device also features a built-in infrared camera that can power things like Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric security system that lets users sign in using facial recognition technology.
The device features a built-in infrared camera that powers Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric security system that lets users sign in using facial recognition technology
There are two USB-C ports located on the device, in addition to stereo speakers and ‘all-day battery life,’ according to Lenovo.
The company says the device is still an early prototype, with more details about it coming in 2020.
Lenovo hopes to be able to include a Wacom pen and cellular support in future versions of the device, according to the Verge.
It didn’t provide many specific details about specifications or price, other than noting it will be a part of the ThinkPad X1 lineup.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GALAXY FOLD?
Samsung debuted the $2,000 Galaxy Fold to great fanfare in February.
But journalists who received review units ahead of the Fold launch in late April reported experiencing issues with the interior screen.
After just one or two days of use, users said the display began to flicker and turn black before becoming completely unusable.
Last week, journalists who received review units ahead of the Fold launch reported experiencing issues with the interior screen. The display would flicker and go black
The issues are believed to stem from the hinge causing too much pressure on the screen.
Some said they had removed a protective layer on the screen that was supposed to stay on.
Meanwhile, others said they didn’t remove the protective film, but the device still stopped working.
YouTube user Marques Brownlee said he removed the protective film and his device began having issues
A warning on the Galaxy Fold packaging instructs users not to remove the protective layer, according to a photo posted by T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Desmond Smith.
‘The main screen includes a special protective layer,’ it reads. ‘Peeling off the protective layer or using any adhesives on the main screen, such as screen protectors or stickers, may cause damage.’
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said his Galaxy Fold started operating abnormally after he removed the film and eventually became unusable.
Additionally, YouTube user Marques Brownlee said he removed the protective film and his device began having issues.
But Dieter Bohn, executive editor of technology news site The Verge, says he left that layer on and his screen still broke.
The issues raise questions about whether or not the Galaxy Fold can withstand normal use.