World’s First Foldable PC, ThinkPad X1 Fold, Ushers in a New Era of Mobile Computing
World’s First Foldable PC, ThinkPad X1 Fold, Ushers in a New Era of
January 6, 2020 – Today at CES® 2020, Lenovo unveiled full details of its ThinkPad X1 Fold revolutionary foldable
PC teased in May 2019. Designed to offer unprecedented productivity, it will offer a ground-breaking new form factor
that will reimagine mobile computing. As it morphs through multiple modes, from a small footprint device into a fully
flat 13.3-inch display, X1 Fold will deliver laptop efficiency with smartphone portability. Built from a combination of
lightweight alloys and carbon fiber and covered in a luxurious leather folio cover, the X1 Fold will offer the durability
and reliability users expect from any ThinkPad. Co-engineered with Intel, the Always Connected PC is powered by
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Hybrid Technology and will initially be available with Windows 10 in mid-2020.
Lenovo is planning on offering ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10X at a later date for an enhanced foldable user
experience. Furthermore, optional 5G connectivity will enable new ways of working wherever, whenever and however
Foldable Use Cases
The book paradigm is millennia old. Instantly familiar and transportable, the similarities to a foldable PC are
immediately obvious. User Experience research suggests that users who frequently switch between phone, tablet and
laptop are looking for something with different capabilities and benefits. ThinkPad X1 Fold is a pioneering, new type of
lightweight device that can successfully bridge core strengths of each and is without compromise on performance or
screen size yet compact enough to slip into the smallest of bags. We have developed, specifically for Windows 10,
clever mode-switching software to adapt to multiple use cases in new environments.
Unfolded, the X1 Fold is ideal for touch heavy content consumption with 13.3-inches of OLED display real estate and
weighing less than 2.2 pounds (1kg). In landscape mode with the integrated kickstand in the leather folio case, users
can review and annotate the latest presentation or use the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard. When folded closed, the
keyboard is stored and wirelessly charged inside the system and secured with magnets.
When taking a break, watch the latest episode of your favourite series on the bright OLED display with a Dolby Audio
experience. In portrait orientation, users can take notes or draw out concepts using the Active Pen or scroll through
and sign a legal document. Fold the screen out completely flat and use as a tablet or bend it slightly to read a few
chapters on your next flight like a book.
In a more familiar laptop orientation, users can leverage two independent displays to optimize efficiency during certain
multitasking activities. Participate in a video call on the upper screen while reviewing and editing a presentation on the
lower screen. Compare documents, one above the other or take notes on one screen while watching a lecture on the
other. These use cases can of course be done in portrait or landscape mode, whichever suits the user best.
Finally, X1 Fold is perfectly suited in an office environment. Connect a full-size keyboard and mouse and a second
display via USB Type-C and quickly place the device in the optional ThinkPad X1 Fold Stand in portrait or landscape
mode. Users will enjoy the performance benefits of a complete desk solution.
Reliability and Durability
More than four years in development, we investigated four primary designs for X1 Fold and selected the 4×3 ratio with
the 13.3-inch display in order to accomplish the best experience and highest level of productivity.
Our ThinkPad development team has worked tirelessly with Intel engineering to overcome the hinge’s mechanical and
electrical engineering challenges. And through our partnership with LG Display, we are setting new standards towards
perfecting foldable screen technology. The efforts have resulted in several innovative developments:
• After working through six different hinge designs and more than twenty different variations, we created a
unique multi-link torque hinge mechanism to manage stresses during fold actions.
• The hinge mechanism, combined with lightweight alloys including a carbon fiber reinforced frame plate,
optimizes the viewing experience when unfolded flat.
• The pOLED display used in X1 Fold has undergone extensive durability testing to make sure it meets our
usability criteria in terms of tapping, tracing and dropping.
• Built to endure the same testing as other ThinkPad laptops, the X1 Fold continues to endure extensive screen
folding cycles, stress tests and pen usage tests to meet our stringent quality criteria.
Pricing and Availability
ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10 is expected to be available mid-2020 with prices expected to start at $2499.00.
The Windows 10X version is expected to be available at a later date.
ThinkPad X1 Fold Stand is expected to be available in 2nd half 2020 at $23.99
Visit http://www.lenovo.com/think/ for more information.
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