Lenovo Unveils World’s First Prototype Folding Notebook

Smaller than your typical PC

How do you make notebooks even smaller? If you’re Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, you take a bendable, OLED display and use that as a base of your new notebook. The company showed off their new, prototype ThinkPad X1 to press today, billed as the world’s first foldable notebook PC.

The idea is simple: reduce the overall footprint of a notebook by using a bendable, foldable screen. You’re still getting a 13.3-inch display, but in a package that folds up to the size of a hard-cover book. The overall space that the new foldable device takes up is about half of that of a normal PC.

The screen itself is an OLED panel that has a 2K resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. You can use the device as a regular notebook, though we’d expect that typing on the on-screen keys will take a lot of getting used to. When you’re not using those keys though, the notebook acts like a 13.3-inch tablet.

Lenovo understandably isn’t going into detail about the hardware inside the machine as of yet, though the company is targeting a 2020 launch date for the revolutionary new notebook to work out the bugs in the design.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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