At CES 2020, Lenovo took the wraps off one of the first foldable PCs, the ThinkPad X1 Fold.
ThinkPad X1 Fold
The device has a 13.3-inch OLED folding screen that was made by LG Display (LG’s screen technology division).
“Creating the world’s first foldable PC is a major engineering challenge, but Lenovo is more than up to the task,” said Christian Teismann, President, Commercial PC and Smart Device Business, Lenovo. “Our legendary ThinkPad heritage has given us the foundation for progressive design over the years to now build an engineering masterpiece with X1 Fold, a new category of device that comes along once in a decade.”
Powering the ThinkPad X1 Fold is the latest Intel Core processors with Intel Hybrid Technology and Intel UHD 11 Gen Graphics.
There’s a 5MP HD RGB and an IR camera for Windows Hello, up to a 1TB SSD. Lenovo says you can expect around 11 hours of battery life on the device with its 50Whr battery.
“Our longstanding partnership with Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of PC experiences and design,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group. “The collaboration across our teams has been incredible, and the deep co-engineering work we’ve done at the platform level has clearly yielded beautiful results with this unique, foldable-screen PC.”
For ports, there’s a one USB Type-C Gen 1, one USB-C Gen 2, a SIM card slot and a DisplayPort via USB-C. There’s also Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 support (aka 802.11 AX).
The ThinkPad X1 Fold weighs around 999g (2.2lbs) with its folio cover and it comes with Lenovo’s Active Pen and a Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard that connects over Bluetooth.
The device is going to running Windows 10 but a Windows 10X version of the device. Windows 10X was designed for dual-screen and foldable devices and be running on Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Neo, set for a Holiday 2020 release.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10 will start at $2,499 USD and ship in mid-2020. The Windows 10X version is set to ship at a later date but no details were given.
Canadian pricing and availability haven’t been announced.
Lenovo Smart Frame
In addition to the ThinkPad X1 Fold, Lenovo also announced the Smart Frame. The device has a 21.5-inch 1080p display that comes with a colour tone sensor that automatically adjusts the picture’s brightness.
There’s also built-in AI which will curate your photo album and choose the highest quality images and put them into digital collages. You’ll also be able to choose from hundreds of pieces of art from the companion app.
Despite the name, the Lenovo Smart Frame isn’t actually a smart display, it doesn’t come with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant.
There are sensors to change photos using hand gestures and also a few 2-watt speakers and a microphone. Potentially, Lenovo could turn it into a smart display in a future update.
The Lenovo Smart Frame launches in August for $399 USD. Canadian pricing and availability haven’t been announced.
Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (2nd Gen)
The company also announced an updated version of their Smart Tab M10 from last year.
The 2nd Gen tablet has a 10.3-inch Full HD display with Dolby Atmos speakers. It is being powered by a Octa-core processor with up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage with a microSD card slot.
When placed in it’s Smart Charging Station, the device turns into a Google Assistant-enabled smart display with mid-field voice recognition and dual mics.
The Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus 2nd Gen launches later this year and starts at $189 USD. Canadian pricing and availability haven’t been announced.