We’ve seen the folding phones already and it serves as a preview of what we can potentially see in the coming months after their release and that time has come where we welcome another concept featuring foldable displays. Enter the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold.
Lenovo is obviously familiar with foldable displays, having announced the Motorola Moto Razr late last year featuring a folding display that is major callback to the original Razr of the 2000s. Lenovo is taking that engineering knowhow and bringing it to a different segment with the ThinkPad X1 Fold. The Thinkpad X1 Fold and Moto Razr share the same folding concept and keeps the display between the fold.
Talking about specs of the ThinkPad X1 fold, we have a 13.3-inch OLED display spanning two split halves, imagine an iPad Pro 12.9″ that bends in half. Intel powers this device with a Lakefield processor, their latest mobile architecture featuring a sort of big.little configuration of a Sunny Cove core with Tremont cores, from Atom fame. This is complimented by an Intel Gen11 HD graphics. The X1 Fold comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X-2133 of memory with storage options available in M.2 2242 NVMe variants with Lenovo offering up to a 1TB variant. The ThinkPad X1 Fold also features a 5MP built-in camera and a 50Wh battery and is rated for around 11 hours of normal usage as per Lenovo.
The display is an OLED display featuring a 2045×1536 resolution with 300 nits of brightness. Color support is rated at 95% DCI-P3 and is the screen is fully touchscreen capable.
I/O includes two USB Type-C ports, a USB3.1 and a USB3.2, we also have a DisplayPort over Type-C for external displays. A SIM slot is also present. Lenovo lists the modem as 4G/5G capable but does not disclose the actual model of the modem. The device also supports 802.11ax and Bluetooh 5.0.
Lenovo states pricing at $2499 for the 1TB variants. All Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold will come with an Active Pen and an external keyboard out of the box. The total weight of the unit comes in around 999 grams. The keyboard can be used on another surface or on top of the lower half of the screen.
Lenovo hints at a “mid 2020” release date for the ThinkPad X1 Fold. This is heavily dependent on the availability of both screen and Intel processor.