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Apple iPad AMBUSHED! Lenovo folding display tablet breaks cover

T3 logo T3 04/12/2020 Matt Morgans
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold © Provided by T3 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

First unveiled at CES 2020, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is the world’s first foldable PC, offering users the best of both worlds when it comes to laptops and tablets. Using similar screen technology as that used in foldable smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the ThinkPad offers even greater utility.

As a hybrid device with a foldable screen, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is a logical next step to the 2-in-1 laptop, which can fold in half to serve as a tablet. Heralded as a revolutionary new design for both laptops and tablets, the question is, will the ThinkPad X1 Fold actually herald a new generation of foldable laptops?

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Equipped with a folding 2K OLED display, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is the size of a large tablet, measuring 13.3 inches across. However, the device can fold down the middle, allowing it to transform into a miniature laptop. It even comes with a custom Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard which can be magnetised over the lower half of the screen.

The true value of the ThinkPad X1 Fold is its sheer versatility. Thanks to the kickstand on the back of the device, you can stand it upright as a single screen, but you can also bend it into the shape of a book while reading, or have it sit as a laptop for work. It removes the need for users to carry around multiple devices for different purposes.

Folding displays have yet to see any sort of widespread adoption in laptop designs, but foldable smartphones are firmly set on that path already. Samsung, following the launch of its Galaxy Z Flip and Fold devices, appears to already be working on a Galaxy Z Fold device with dual folding screens. Huawei released its second folding device – the Huawei Mate XS - earlier this year, while Apple also filed a patent for a foldable iPhone design.

Evidently, foldable screens are a trend which is already coming to define the next generation of smartphones, but will that trend also follow with laptops? Lenovo certainly seem to think so, and the ThinkPad X1 Fold could be the harbinger of that shift.

Of course, with so much bleeding edge technology going into it, the ThinkPad X1 Fold has a very high price point at present. The cheapest version available to order currently retails in the US for $2,499.99, £2,429.99 in the UK, and AU$3,799.05 in Australia, with the most expensive model coming in at $3,099/£3,209.99/AU$6,199. However, as with any new technology, foldable laptops and tablets will only get more affordable with time.

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