Move over foldable phones, Lenovo unveils the ‘world’s first foldable PC’


At Accelerate 2019, Lenovo showed off the "world's first foldable PC", which will be part of the company's flagship ThinkPad X1 series, aimed at businesses, and is expected to launch in 2020.

The new PC will join the premium ThinkPad X1 family, which Lenovo says means the unprecedented portability will in no means affect productivity or reliability. The foldable display is being supplied by LG - it is a 13.3-inch 2K OLED display with 4:3 aspect ratio.

Continuing with the hardware, Lenovo said an Intel processor powers the foldable PC.

Lenovo has just unveiled one of its most incredible devices to date: a foldable Windows-based PC designed for business executives, on-the-go professionals, and anyone who wants to be on the cutting edge of technology. It needs to be expanded directly when the big screen is needed (providing a full keyboard and a complete Windows system experience), and users can also use it as a tablet device. Yet here comes a problem: the amount of space on the desk is finite, so there is a need for smaller desktop PCs and here is where Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Nano M90N comes into play. Apart from using it in your lap, the ThinkPad can be placed on a desk with its screen placed to face you. While we've seen convertibles that offer dual screens like the Yoga Book, this new ThinkPad X1 device has a single screen that folds right in the middle.

Lenovo says that issues related to the hinge, screen durability and protection "have all been addressed". Lenovo hasn't revealed the specifications of the laptop, or even its final name for that matter.

As with foldable phones, I'm still incredibly skeptical of devices with bendable screens. It is very comfortable to hold with one hand, it is not awkward to fold it up, and when the computer is flat on the table, there is no obvious crease.

Since Lenovo hasn't shared more info on the same, we expect to get more information by the next CES event.

It will also come with two USB-C ports which will support external displays, charging and data transfer. After all, laptops are also folding PCs, just that they are not entirely made of a foldable display.