Finally, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is confirmed to be a real product and will be released in 2020. However, Windows 10X is still a long way off, so the Lenovo X1 Fold has a lot to prove if it will really be the first folding laptop. From the market.
What is Thinkpad X1?
The X1 Fold runs Windows 10 Pro, which means Lenovo had to come up with its own solution on how to deal with the folding screen. (The version running Windows 10X, Microsoft’s upcoming operating system for dual-screen and folding devices like the Surface Neo, will follow at an unspecified later date.) At this point, the customizations largely live up to the taskbar icon that shows the follow-up pop-up menu. With which you can switch between full screen view or dual screen mode with an application installed on each half screen.
Meanwhile, in portrait mode, there is an additional option to bring an on-screen keyboard at the bottom, allowing you to bend the screen at an angle and type as you would on a laptop. The X1 Fold also comes with a Bluetooth keyboard that magnetically snaps into the lower half of the screen if you’re going to be typing a lot. As you would expect from Lenovo, it’s very nice to write. Another feature is that the keyboard fills the space between the two halves of the screen when the device is folded.
The main advantage of this design, no pun intended, is flexibility. Sure, the little laptop is great, but it’s not something you want to use all the time. With the X1 Fold, you can open the screen to its full size, support it with the built-in stand, use the keyboard wirelessly, and get almost the same experience you get with your laptop. (Except for actual roll use). There’s even a freestanding stand that elevates the X1 Fold and makes it what appears to be the smallest all-in-one computer in the world. In theory, that’s a lot of power for something that could take up as much space in your bag as a reasonably short novel.
Does Lenovo ThinkPad x1 have touch screen?
A folding laptop naturally fits into an “internal” folding screen design in this case, which means that the screen folds back on itself, considering that the “external” design would not be practical for use as a laptop. In any case, LG’s screen is laminated in plastic instead of glass, since the latter was not developed to withstand curvature. We had talked a lot with Lenovo when we were testing the device at CES 2020, and we were fantasizing a bit about what the future of foldable devices would look like, especially graphene, if this cool technology pulls it off. Market. The wide edges, however, are attached to a single twist hinge that protrudes slightly from both sides of the central section of the device with a kind of elastic fabric that is used as connective tissue that causes flexing. Lenovo includes a stylus and instead of magnetic accessories, as we saw when the X1 Fold was still in the prototype stage, there is a small ring that you can open the stylus on.
Which brings us to the leather sleeve on the back of the laptop. When the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is closed, there is a leather sleeve that makes it look like a book or folio case. And when you unfold the laptop for use, this bag moves around to allow for easier movement. Now, we’re sure this isn’t absolutely essential to the design of the device, but it keeps it from being ugly on the back. And when you choose an expensive device, aesthetics matter a lot. Of course, the display will support stylus input but also multi-touch … But the stylus Lenovo had at CES 2020 was not working, just a simulation to give us an idea of what it would look like. Lenovo says this is because the stylus design has not been finalized, which is a good thing, we just hope we played around with it a bit.
The latter works well too, with a new touch typing interface working in partnership with Microsoft, as this would be a Windows device. However, there will be no haptic feedback on this product for tactile writing, which we will definitely miss. However, to overcome this strange experience, Lenovo will include a keyboard, although not available in our time with the device. Being a plastic plate, glare is a notable concern. We obviously tested this device in a room without a lot of weird lights (it wasn’t on the CES 2020 show floor thankfully), but we can see it’s a problem if you’re trying to do some yard work, if that’s your thing. .
Ultimately, we like this and what it could mean for computing in the future. With available Bluetooth keyboard support, this really could be a laptop with a fake dual-screen environment within walking distance. Reading e-books on this device will be a particularly enjoyable experience, like watching videos on the go (for example, on a plane) in a slight curve. The screen displays content in a 4: 3 aspect ratio, which may be strange for all sorts of use cases, but nothing is distracting.
Lenovo positions the Thinkpad X1 Fold as the device for professionals and executives on the go and therefore they should be able to perform at their best. The problem is, however, that we do not know what is behind this laptop. However, at CES, Lenovo told us that it was an “unannounced Intel processor,” leading us to start speculating what it could be. There are two main possibilities here: Intel Tiger Lake and Lakefield. Our money is on the latter.
Intel Lakefield processors have been teased at CES 2019 and are the perfect candidate for a foldable laptop like this one. The idea is to treat small computers in the same way as silicon in a phone with a complete system on a chip (SOC). So the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is most likely the first Lakefield-equipped product on the market, but only time will tell if our speculations are correct. Also, Lenovo is very interested in the specs behind this foldable device. We assume that it will have 16GB of RAM and a fast SSD, but we don’t really know what it will be capable of. Either way, we seek to prove it.