Hands-on with Samsungs Galaxy Fold and its foldable showing

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 foldable Windows PC morphs from giant tablet into a mini laptop when folded.

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Windows PCs are about to get a whole lot more exciting thanks to foldable screens.

Lenovo, the legendary computer hardware experimenter( remember its dual-screen, half e-ink Yoga Book ?), announced today what it’s calling the world’s first foldable Windows PC.

The device unfolded is a full-fledged 13.3 -inch tablet running Windows. But bend it in half, and the device( branded as part of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 household) transforms into a mini laptop about the size of a paperback.

As with foldable phones, I’m still incredibly skeptical of devices with bendable screens. Don’t get me wrong: foldable devices seem super cool. But whether they’re practical and durable enough to withstand the rigours of day-to-day use is something we just don’t know yet. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold isn’t off to a great start, for example. Can you really trust Lenovo to build a foldable PC?

Though Lenovo’s device won’t come out until next year, the company did show us a running prototype to play with for a few minutes.

But first, let’s talk about the hardware. Lenovo was reluctant to share too many details — it’s understandable since the device launch is still a year away and many features could change — but we have some specs ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

Intel processor( unspecified)

13. 3-inch OLED display( 2K resolving) made by LG Display when open

Dual 9.6 -inch screens when folded up

“All day battery”( unspecified hours)

2x USB C ports

IR camera

Stereo speakers

Supports Bluetooth keyboard and Wacom stylus

Lenovo’s foldable device is about the size of a paperback when it’s folded up.

You truly can’t assure the pleat in the showing when the device is completely open in tablet mode.

Here you can see how the screen folds in half like a book for showing two “pages” of content.

Unlike on an iPad, a foldable showing allows the on-screen keyboard to not block the body of an email.

A Bluetooth keyboard comes with the foldable device and is a must for running professionals.

Lenovo says the hinge will be tested to be more durable than the hinges on its laptops.

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