It’s time for the foldable PCs. After Microsoft took the wraps off the Surface Neo back in October of last year, we have kind of been expecting other OEMs to join in. And Lenovo is one of the first companies to reveal their own foldable PC after Microsoft.
The company just revealed the new ThinkPad X1 Fold at CES 2020, which it says is the world’s first foldable PC. Lenovo expects to ship the X1 Fold sometime in mid-2020, beating Microsoft’s Holiday 2020 release.
Lenovo’s X1 Fold features a 13.3-inch OLED display in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The display module is made up of a flexible OLED panel, supported by metal frames and carbon fiber plates. The design features a four-link torque hinge design that allows for friction-free folding.
Lenovo says the new device will be powered by Windows 10 Pro, though it will get the dual-screen interface from Windows 10X at a “later date”. Lenovo also isn’t revealing details on the processor of the device, but it will be powered by an Intel processor with Intel’s Hybrid tech as the company has worked closely with Intel to co-engineer the product. X1 Fold also comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, up to 1TB of PCIe-NVMe SSD storage, 5G connectivity, and integrated Intel UHD graphics.
Interestingly, the device will feature “custom switching software” from Lenovo that will take better advantage of the foldable display, allowing for various window arrangements. The device will ship with a keyboard and a stylus, and Lenovo is even introducing a $23.99 stand for the device that allows you to put the X1 Fold on a desk.
Lenovo’s X1 Fold starts at $2,499 which is not surprising at all considering the fact that foldable devices are still very new. The “mid-2020” release date is obviously quite vague, so we will just have to keep an eye out for the X1 Fold till a more concrete release date is announced.