After Foldable Phones, it’s Foldable PC

You must have heard of the foldable phone, now it’s to welcome fordable PC too. The two giants Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X have collaborated to make foldable phones a reality, but Lenovo is going a step ahead by announcing the world’s first foldable PC. After Foldable Phones, It’s Foldable PC that is going to be a part of our lives.

Part of Lenovo’s Thinkpad X1 series of PCs, which features a 13.3-inch LG-made OLED display with 2K resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio. This Lenovo device folds inwards hence you do not have worry to about the display getting scrapped in your bag.

First Foldable PC in 2020

First Foldable PC in 2020
First Foldable PC in 2020

The display quality of the fordable PC is a major concern for many. As per the impressions from outlets that went hands-on with a functional prototype, the display appears to be dim and had poor viewing angles. This is unfinished hardware, which Lenovo hopes to launch sometime in 2020.

As far as the hardware is concerned, Lenovo said an Intel processor powers the foldable PC. The firm promises to make it for a full day of use, with planned support for cellular data. In addition, the PC also comes bundled with a Wacom pen and a separate keyboard to improve productivity.

Foldable Devices in its Nascent Stage

Even having promising hardware, the Galaxy Fold reminded us that foldable devices are still in their initial stage of evolution. Lenovo stated that it‘s working to avoid the Galaxy Fold’s issues. The company is also performing intense testing on its device’s hinge to ensure functionality and reliability.

Software is altogether a different aspect. Although the device displayed to the press runs Windows 10, Lenovo said the final version will not have Microsoft’s OS. This statement includes more possibilities for software to better take benefit of foldable C’s unique form-factor.

Unclear Price

Unclear Price
Unclear Price

Nonetheless, Lenovo didn’t talk about pricing or exact availability, but it is quite obvious that this foldable PC is not going to come cheap. This Galaxy Fold may start at $1,980, so a price above $2,000 could ideally be a possible range.

What you need to know

  • Intel has announced design specs for PCs with foldable displays.
  • The spec includes 17-inch AMOLED screens made by Samsung.
  • These new PCs are expected to ship in 2022 with new Intel 12th Gen processors.

Intel has today announced a new foldable display spec for its PC partners that will enable new and unique device form factors with foldable screens. Intel says the first foldable PCs adopting this new spec will begin shipping this year, opening the door to a flurry of new and unique Windows PCs.

Update Jan 5, 2021

ASUS has since announced its first foldable PC called the ZenBoook 17 Fold.

Foldable screens enable a number of new form factors and postures, including laptop, tablet, tabletop, journal, and dual-angle devices. We’ve already seen Lenovo attempt a foldable Windows PC with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, but that device was met with lacklustre reviews because of the underpowered chip and unoptimized Windows 10 OS.

This year, new Foldable PCs with Intel will be shipping on Intel’s Evo spec, which includes Intel 12th-gen chips and focuses on being responsive, with instant wake, fast charging, and “real world” battery life. These new Foldable PCs will be in a much better place as a result, good news for Windows users looking for a new foldable PC.

That leaves Windows, which still isn’t in a great place regarding optimizations for foldable PCs. Perhaps we’ll hear more about support for foldable screens within Windows over the coming months. Microsoft is expected to ship the next major update for Windows 11 in the second half of 2022, which may be when we see more support for foldable displays arrives.