Lenovo presents its new foldable ThinkPad

The Chinese company Lenovo presented the new edition of its ThinkPad X1 Fold. A computer convertible into an ultra-compact tablet, thanks to its foldable screen. More successful than its predecessor, it promises – on paper – to present respectable performances.

Since the release of the first foldable smartphone in November 2018 by the Chinese start-up Royole and the mass marketing of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold from the year 2019, the foldable screen has been able to carve out a market share in the sector. smartphones. It has since conquered new formats with the Galaxy Z Flip and new brands, such as Huawei with the Huawei Mate X and P50 Pocket.

The succession of these novelties sometimes makes us forget that this technology is also experiencing a boom in other areas. Lenovo released the first version of its ThinkPad X1 Fold in 2020, billed as “the world’s first foldable PC”, and the Chinese company now intends to step up a gear. It has just presented the new generation of the device, which seems more accomplished.

Above all, the X1 Fold has a large foldable screen that takes up the entire surface of the device. Unfolded, it can be used as a 16-inch tablet or as a widescreen laptop, by adding the magnetic keyboard provided by Lenovo, recognizable by its characteristic red dot. Folded in half, it can also be used as a tablet in “book” format or as a small 12-inch computer, compact enough to be taken and used anywhere, even in a small space.

The panel of this new edition promises quality performance, with an HDR-compatible OLED touch panel capable of emitting brightness reaching 600 nits, with 100% sRGB coverage and Dolby Vision certification. Its size is 22% larger than that of the first generation: deployed, the screen measures 16.3 inches, in 4:3 format (2024 x 2560). The PC is also very thin (8.6 mm unfolded) and relatively light (1.28 kg or 1.9 kg with the keyboard and stand).

The ThinkPad X1 Fold will feature a 12th generation Intel chip (U9 i5 or i7) and 32 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. That’s more than enough to perform typical office tasks. The computer will also have Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, as well as a slot giving the possibility of placing a nano-SIM card there to obtain 5G Sub 6 or to use it as a telephone. In terms of connectivity, it will also be equipped with a second generation USB-C 3.2 socket and two Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Lenovo offers two different battery models depending on the configuration of the device: a basic model running at 48 Whr and another more high-end (presumably reserved for devices with an i7 CPU) with 67 Whr. They will be compatible with fast charging at 65 W.

The release date of this new generation is set for November. It will retail for a price starting at €2,500, which is substantial, but much cheaper than the older model, currently sold on Lenovo’s site at €4,899.29.

By Antoine Danhier.

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