Device manufacturer Lenovo announces the availability of its foldable PC, the ThinkPad X1 Fold, in the Philippines. Considered to be “the world’s first foldable computer,” ThinkPad X1 Fold is designed with a seamless foldable 13.3-inch 2K OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen supported by a Dolby Atmos Speaker System.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold with 8th Gen Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, and Windows 10 Pro carries a price tag of P208,499 (around $4,300) and is on a by-order basis through Lenovo’s authorized retail partners.
It also comes with WiFi 6 capabilities and optional 5G connection where available that allow for faster throughput and continuous connectivity anywhere. The device is powered by Intel Core Processor with Intel Hybrid Technology and Integrated Intel UHD 11th Gen Graphics. Coupled with the built-in kickstand, pen, removable keyboard, and Lenovo said its battery life can last up to 11 hours.
Laid flat, the X1 Fold may be used as a large tablet. With the Lenovo Mod Pen, this mode is perfect for taking notes or filling out digital paper work. On the pen are two side buttons that are customizable via the Lenovo Pen Settings App. Lenov said the pen uses Wacom Pen protocol with low latency, precise pressure, and tilt detection.
With the device unfolded and kickstand propped up, it can be used like a laptop by connecting the Bluetooth-enabled X1 Fold Mini keyboard (sold bundled or separately) and engage the full 13.3-inch screen. When folded 90 degrees, the PC may be used as a small laptop, operating through the Bluetooth keyboard or the built-in on-screen keyboard in Windows 10. Users may also utilize the lower half of the screen as a note-taking app. The ThinkPad X1 Fold may also be folded slightly to resemble a hardcover book for users to view online news articles or read e-books.
To accommodate the many modes of the X1 Fold, the Lenovo Mode Switcher software has been added to the device. Mode Switcher works on top of Windows 10 to allow the user to seamlessly transition between modes and have applications display properly on the screen, whether it be split-screen or single screen content.
To prevent the screen from creasing or bubbling when folded for extended periods of time, multiple layers of mechanical support were built underneath the screen that provides all extra support and durability needed to be used as a main PC. The bezel of the device allows for smooth folding, as well as protection of the screen. As its protective outer shell, the X1 Fold uses Carbon Fiber hinged together to provide proper tension while folding and unfolding. To help optimize cooling, the leather folio has a foldable graphite layer that helps dissipate heat.
The leather-clad X1 Fold is run through ThinkPad’s durability and reliability tests. ThinkPads are rugged and tough and tested against 12 military-grade certification methods and over 20 procedures. Additional testing was conducted on the X1 Fold to make sure the screen can handle the stresses of being opened and closed thousands of times, the effects of objects wedged under the keyboard, and more.