Foldable phones have gotten the world swirling around its hype and deservedly so, the prospect of having multiple gadgets: a tablet and a phone, in your pocket at the same time is very promising. Despite the fact that we saw Samsung rushing to get its Fold to market and ending up delaying the overall release due to several problems, while Huawei is sitting tight, making sure they don’t end up making the same mistake as Samsung. Amidst all this drama, comes up Lenovo and takes this trend to another level.
Part of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 line of PCs, the device features a 13.3-inch LG-made OLED display with 2K resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. Because the device folds inwards, you theoretically don’t have to worry about the display getting scuffed in your bag.
That said, the quality of the display is the larger concern. Based on impressions from outlets that went hands-on with a functional prototype, the display was dim and had poor viewing angles. Keep in mind that it’s unfinished hardware — Lenovo hopes to launch its foldable PC some time in 2020.
Continuing with the hardware, Lenovo said an Intel processor powers the foldable PC. The company is aiming for a full day of use, with planned support for cellular data. Additionally, the device comes bundled with a Wacom pen and separate keyboard to improve productivity.The company is also doubling the testing on its device’s hinge to ensure functionality and reliability.
Software is a different story. Even though the device currently being shown off to press runs Windows 10, Lenovo said the final version won’t run Microsoft’s OS. That opens up more possibilities for software to better take advantage of the foldable PC’s unique form-factor.
The pricing expectations look to be a deal breaker for some, since foldable phones and PCs would be costing a handful in this current day and age, and since the Fold costed around $2000, this might be upwards of that value.