Have you ever looked at your laptop and wished it took up less space in your bag? Lenovo hopes to have an answer to your wishes with the ThinkPad X1 Fold, the world’s first foldable computer. Better yet, it’s coming sooner than you might expect.
If the device looks familiar, that’s because Lenovo showed it off in May 2019 as an early prototype. The overall design is basically unchanged, including the two USB-C ports and the leather cover folio on the exterior from the prototype. Also, here are the stars of the show: the 13.3-inch 2K OLED display and folding mechanism.
The design allows for a variety of use cases. You can completely un-fold the ThinkPad X1 Fold and use it as a tablet. You can prop the device up with the built-in kickstand and type away with the Mini Fold Keyboard, which is included with the device. You can even turn the ThinkPad X1 Fold on its side and use it as a traditional laptop—albeit a pretty small one.
The device only has one display, but the software divides it into two sections. You can have videos or a presentation on the “top” section, while you can take notes with the software keyboard or included Active Pen stylus on the “bottom” section. You can also attach the Mini Fold Keyboard to the bottom section and turn the ThinkPad X1 Fold into a netbook. If you leave the keyboard inside of the device, it receives a wireless charge from the device.
The right side of the ThinkPad X1 Fold serves as the bottom section when using the device in a laptop-style form factor. That’s where the device’s battery is, which keeps the device weighed down and prevents it from toppling over.
Apart from design, the other big question regarding the ThinkPad X1 Fold was the specs. Lenovo didn’t have answers when it showed off the prototype, but it mostly filled in the blanks today. The ThinkPad X1 Fold features an undisclosed Intel processor paired with 8 GB of RAM. You can outfit the device with up to a 1 TB SSD, while the 50 Wh battery should allow for up to 11 hours of use. Finally, the optional LTE and 5G connectivity will be nice for those always away from Wi-Fi.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10 Pro launches in mid-2020 for an eye-watering $2,499. The Windows 10X version launches “at a later date.”