Lenovo announces world’s first foldable laptop

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While the flexible ThinkPad looks in pretty good nick for an early-days device, without it showing much of a crease where the screen's folding hinge is, it's still a prototype gadget with things that need to be finalised.

It will run Windows, and folks who've seen it up close are saying it runs a 4:3 aspect ratio when folded out, with an alleged all-day battery and USB-C ports on the sides.

Lenovo executives showed off the device at the Accelerate 2019 partner conference in Orlando. The keyboard connects wirelessly to the ThinkPad rather than through a dedicated connector, meaning the device can be propped up using a kickstand and used as a pseudo-all-in-one PC. It's possible other apps could use the second screen for different control layouts. Once folded, the bottom part can be turned into a digital keyboard.

Unlike on an iPad, a foldable display allows the on-screen keyboard to not block the body of an email. It also includes a heatsink that is mounted on top of the chassis to aid in dissipating heat. Actually, not bad! The crease is more visible in photos and videos, but in person, when the device is completely unfolded, it's nearly impossible to see. But hey, you saw this one first, I guess.

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How well the foldable screen holds up long term is a different question. As such, it's testing the hinge to endure twice the amount of cycles that hinges are rated for in its regular laptops. According to Lenovo, the foldable PC also supports stylus and has mechanical keyboard.

However, unlike the Courier, the device comes at a time when the technology is prime for use and the use cases continue to evolve parallel to its presence, oh, and it should also be able to handle email. The device is still more or less still in prototype state which is why the company didn't reveal the full specifications for its new foldable PC. In fact, the manufacturer calls it the world's smallest commercial desktop.

Forget foldable smartphones, the era of foldable laptops is here.

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