The tech industry is betting big on the foldable trend. Samsung and Huawei already showcased their folding phones earlier this year, and although it looks like foldable smartphones will be the next big thing, laptops aren’t far behind.
Now, Lenovo has joined the foldable display bandwagon by unveiling the world’s first foldable PC. At its Accelerate conference in Orlando today, the company provided an early look at its upcoming foldable display laptop prototype. The device doesn’t have a name but it will be a part of Lenovo’s premium ThinkPad X1 line of laptops.
The foldable PC sports a 13.3-inch diagonal OLED display bearing a 2K resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. It comes with touchscreen functionality and pen support. When folded, it reduces the width by 50 percent and looks like a hardcover book. Lenovo says it envisions the foldable ThinkPad in a variety of use cases. It can be used completely unfolded like a large tablet or slightly folded in a book-esque form factor. The device features a built-in kickstand that can be used as a display with a wireless keyboard and trackpad. Users can also use it like a clamshell laptop with an on-display touchscreen keyboard.
“The foldable PC is made for highly mobile, tech-savvy professionals who demand the best tools, the new foldable PC joins the premium ThinkPad X1 family, promising that the unprecedented portability will in no way compromise productivity and reliability. This is not a phone, tablet, or familiar hybrid; this is a full-fledged laptop with a foldable screen,” Lenovo stated in a press release.
Lenovo has kept the hardware specs of the device under wraps. But it is confirmed that the device will be equipped with an Intel CPU and run on Windows. Lenovo also claims that it has been developing the foldable laptop for over three years and plans to launch the device in 2020.