[Update: Orders open] Lenovo’s foldable PC, the ThinkPad X1 Fold, launches this year for $2499
Back in May last year, Lenovo first unveiled a preview of the world’s first foldable PC as part of its ThinkPad X1 family. At the time, the company merely showcased the design of the upcoming device featuring a large foldable display with thick bezels on all sides. Later in the year, Mircosoft also followed suit with the Surface Neo — a dual-screen foldable tablet running Windows 10X. But while Microsoft’s Surface Neo is still a long way out, Lenovo has now revealed details of its upcoming foldable laptop at CES 2020.
The foldable laptop, which has been dubbed ThinkPad X1 Fold, features a 13.3-inch foldable pOLED display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Lenovo aims to reimagine mobile computing with the X1 Fold, offering users a unique chassis built with a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber. Developed in collaboration with Intel, the always-connected ThinkPad X1 Fold will be powered by Intel Core processors with Intel’s Hybrid Technology and it will initially be available with Windows 10 in mid-2020. The company is also planning on offering the device with Windows 10X, much like the Surface Neo, at a later date.
Lenovo claims that the ThinkPad X1 Folio will weigh in at just 1kg, including the leather folio case which has a built-in kickstand to prop up the display. The unique notebook features a multi-link torque hinge mechanism to manage stresses when folded or unfolded. Lenovo had to work through six different hinge designs and more than twenty variations to arrive at this final design. For those of you who aren’t comfortable with the idea of typing on a touch screen, Lenovo will also be releasing an optional Bluetooth Mini Fold keyboard for the device and a ThinkPad X1 Fold Stand to quickly place the device in either portrait or landscape orientation.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10 is expected to be available in mid-2020 with prices starting from $2,499. The company has released no concrete information about the Windows 10X version and it might be available at a later date. The aforementioned ThinkPad X1 Fold Stand will go on sale in the second half of 2020 and the company will reveal its pricing closer to the launch date.
Update 1: Orders open
Lenovo has announced that its futuristic ThinkPad X1 Fold, the first PC with a foldable display, is now available for order, starting at $2,499. The device will ship “in a few weeks”, though Lenovo did not provide an exact shipment date. Higher-priced models will get you Windows 10 Pro instead of Windows 10 Home, a 512 or 1TB PCIe SSD instead of a 256GB one, the Lenovo Mod Pen, and/or the Lenovo Fold Mini Bluetooth keyboard. The rest of the hardware remains the same between the configurations, including the Intel Core i5-L16G7 (Lakefield) processor, the 13.3″ QXGA foldable OLED screen (supplied, in part, by LG Display), 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM @ 4267MHz, Intel integrated graphics, and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. What’s missing from today’s announcement is the Windows 10X version, but that’s unsurprising considering it isn’t ready yet.