Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Lenovo working on foldable ThinkPad

The Lenovo ThinkCentre Nano M90N: When Small Is Beautiful Lenovo introduces affordable new ThinkBook line of laptops
Sandy Mccarthy | 14 May, 2019, 14:09

A foldable PC and AR/VR headset grabbed the headlines at Lenovo's Accelerate press event, but a new laptop family also announced today will probably do more for the company's bottom line in the short term.

The prototype uses a 13.3-inch OLED 2K display which has been designed in collaboration with LG and can fold in half. It suggested that the operating system will run Windows (but we don't know which version, such as full Windows 10), and the processor will be "a future Intel-based platform that we're not going to disclose at this time", as Venture Beat reports.

Lenovo did not provide any performance specifications for the prototype device, but claims that it is made for "highly mobile, tech savvy professionals who demand the best tools". Lenovo says that it weighs in under 2 pounds while the battery is deliberately placed on the right side of the device to weigh it down when used in laptop mode.

We don't have very many technical details about the above foldable so far. Just like the Galaxy Fold, this ThinkPad device latches magnetically, leaving a small gap near the hinge.

And it's this market that Lenovo is looking to target.

The foldable X1 will offer the high degree of durability that ThinkPads are known for, as the device will be able to withstand conditions such as cold, heat, vibration, humidity, shock and altitude, Lenovo said. But why settle for a 7- or 8-inch screen when you could have a whole laptop?

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A name for the device was not disclosed, with the company identifying it only as a new product for the ThinkPad X1 series-which includes notebooks such as the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Extreme.

Being a Lenovo Think-badged device, the ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes in a signature black plus red chassis.

"We all want access to a large comfortable screen even on the go, but travel can make this inconvenient or impossible", the company stated.

Apparently, adopting folding screens in laptops is the exact opposite to smartphones.

What are your thoughts on Lenovo's foldable PC prototype? To simply call it a "foldable laptop" would be to imply all laptops aren't foldable, but to call it a "foldable tablet" would be inaccurate.

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