Lenovo debuts first-ever foldable-screen computer at CES 2020
Tech giant Lenovo always rolls into CES, America’s biggest consumer electronics show, with slick new products from new gaming laptops to hot new Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Assistant-powered smart displays. But for 2020, the company has absolutely blown away any of its previous debuts with its new ThinkPad X1 Fold.
A totally foldable computer, the Fold is, more or less, a laptop display that folds completely in half like a Moleskine notebook. And while companies like Samsung and Huawei have shown off their own foldable smartphones, the X1 Fold is the first commercially available foldable PC, packing a far larger 13.3-inch OLED screen that the company says is as durable as any of its business-centric ThinkPad devices.
It's going to cost you a heck of a lot to get your hands on this technological marvel, though. We're talking $2,499. For comparison, Lenovo’s stellar, and pricey, ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at $1,253.
不过，你要为其花上很多钱，2499美元。相比之下，联想引人注目且价格不菲的ThinkPad X1 Carbon起价1253美元。
Why the fold?
So what's the point of a device with a foldable display? Lenovo has laid out a number of potential usage scenarios and their advantages.
Completely unfolded, the Fold can be stood upright using its built-in kickstand. You can then use the included wireless keyboard to type away as if working on a standard laptop. When you're done, you fold up the system, sliding the keyboard into the gap between the two halves of the display.
Lenovo had debuted the ThinkPad X1 Fold. Image: Daniel Howley
Bend the display in half and use it in portrait mode, and you can use the top half of the display for content, and the bottom half as a touchscreen keyboard. You can also place the wireless keyboard on top of the touchscreen board for longer typing sessions. You'd likely use this in more cramped spaces like, say, an airplane or bus seat.
Lenovo says you'll also be able to use either side of the Fold's screen as separate displays, making for improved productivity. One example the company offers is video chatting with a coworker with one half of the screen, while editing a presentation with the other half. Of course, we’ll have to see if this improves productivity in the real world.
Outside of the potential for improved productivity, there's another, more basic case to be made for the development of a foldable computer: manufacturers need new form factors to get customers buying devices again.
The laptop and PC market hasn't seen meaningful growth in some time, and a new, more exciting design like the Fold's could get more consumers to open their wallets.
Years of work, and a lot of testing
The X1 Fold is the result of more than four years of work by Lenovo, Intel, and LG. LG worked on the display technology, while Intel helped ensure the Fold offers Always Connected PC technology, meaning the system will stay online even when you fold it up.
The company had to develop a special interlocking carbon fiber back plate behind the display to ensure that it remains taut and doesn't flex too much when used over and over again. Even the leather folio casing had to be outfitted with a series of springs to ensure that it moves smoothly across the Fold's exterior when you open and close it.
Lenovo recognizes this is the first generation of what it is a growing category of foldable, and dual-screen computers, and knows there will be future iterations on it. We’ve already seen Intel’s foldable concept and Microsoft’s own dual-screen device.
In fact, Lenovo has already said it will offer a version of the Fold complete with Microsoft's dual-screen and foldable-ready Windows X operating system in the future. For early adopters, the Fold could be the kind of laptop that's too irresistible to pass up. If they've got the cash.
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I don’t trust it, especially for phones. Anything that moves will wear out.
maybe it's targeted towards people who want the full wrap-around experience while streaming videos on p-hub
In 5 years you'll be able to get it for under $500.
isn't this a Chinese company
Lenovo says it took more than 4 yrs to build this XI fold tablet with collaboration of Intel and LG. and price tag is really hefty. I guess others will follow and the market will be flooded with similar products from other tech. ccompanies !! tech companies always look to make more innovations and more money
Interesting, but impractical.
Zero need for this. Ill pass
All of the folding screen phones, tablets and computers have serious problems with the screen and cost too much. If they don’t solve the screen problems soon, the companies will stop making them.
That car looks really nice.
Something that costs five times as much for something that will break five times as easily, that doesn't really serve much purpose for the average person.
Motorola Razr, where are you???
why? just to say we can?
good for Baby boomers who cannot see and work with a small screen.
Waste of MONEY!!!!!
浪费钱! ! ! ! !
Now I can fit it in my pocket
Wow! Something I really don’t need that costs more than it could ever be worth!!!!! I bet they sell tens of them this year!
I just looked at it with google glass.
Only 2500?? I’m gonna rush right out and buy one for me and each family member. Trump 2020
只要2500 ? ?我马上就冲出家门，给我和每个家庭成员买一台。特朗普2020。
if China is stealing our technology we need to steal it back they are moving forward with the technology
I’ll let the dummies pay $2500 and let them debug it for a few years, then pick one up for $250.
There was an article in popular science in the late 80s early 90s, Phillips was working on one of these. DoD snapped it up. Maybe not the resolution of today, but.....
Who needs this?????
谁需要这个? ? ? ? ?
How long will it last? Warranty?
You see someone with this you know they have more money than brains
Lots of hate on here. How dare they make a better product that for now costs more?
All those years of work and testing for a product no one really wants or needs.
Solution to a non existent problem
And how fast will that screen crease and be a piece of $2,500 garbage?!?
Great, another overpriced device that will #$%$ out shortly after purchased