At first, we were surprised by “folding” smartphones, then by televisions in rolls … It was the turn of laptops: Lenovo showed a model with a flexible screen, and we managed to test it.
The fashion for flexible screens reached laptops . Actually, their relevance here is much higher than that of smartphones: for example, bending the screen 90 °, you can get a miniature laptop with a virtual keyboard. But first things first.
In a fully unfolded form, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 resembles a tablet, only unusually heavy and with huge frames at the screens. The display is based on the 13.3-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels, aspect ratio – 4: 3. The novelty is still presented in the form of a prototype, so it’s too early to talk about the characteristics of iron. But processors promise up to Intel Core i7 and a very tenacious battery, which should last for 8-10 hours. Of course, like other devices with large screens, autonomy will greatly depend on brightness.
If the laptop is folded, it will turn into a kind of a chubby book that easily fits in a handbag. Moreover, the screen itself does not fold in half: if you look closely, it only bends with a certain radius. So there should not be any creases.
Inside this booklet is a plastic keyboard. Of course, very thin. If the owners of ultrabooks do not get used to such a move of keys, the user of a desktop PC will have to get used to it. We tried typing a small text – although not very comfortable, but it is quite possible to write a letter or note in a notebook.
The keyboard can be virtual. In a 90 ° bent it can be displayed on the lower (horizontal) part, and the upper one can be used as a traditional display. True, its diagonal will be tiny – about 9 inches. Typing on the touch keyboard, again, is unusual, but bearable.
Also included is a stylus that you can draw on the screen like on a graphics tablet. The hard case has a small folding leg, on which you can lean the laptop to watch videos on it, like on a tablet.
Actually, Lenovo has long been trying to erase the line between the tablet and laptop with its Yoga series. The “folding” laptop is the next step towards a universal device. Of course, there are still many questions – for example, to the cooling system of such a thin device. Given that the manufacturer is going to install a sufficiently powerful filling in it, will it not overheat?
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 with a folding screen will be available already in the middle of this year. So far, the price is known only in the US market – this is $ 2500. Expensive, like everything innovative. Do you think we need bendable laptops in principle?