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Brian Leonard, VP of Design and his Lenovo design team’s revolutionary new foldable ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first fully functional PC with a seamless folding OLED display, inspired by the values of flexibility and human connection.
As the first model of this new device type, ThinkPad X1 Fold won a recent 2020 Good Design® Award from The Chicago Athenaeum.
The book paradigm is millennia old.
Instantly familiar and transportable, the similarities to a foldable PC are immediately obvious.
User experience research suggests that users who frequently switch between phones, tablets and laptops are looking for something with different capabilities and benefits.
ThinkPad X1 Fold is a pioneering, new type of lightweight device that can successfully bridge core strengths of each and is without compromise on performance or screen size, yet compact enough to slip into the smallest of bags.
Designed to offer unprecedented productivity, it offers a ground-breaking new form factor that will reimagine mobile computing.
As it morphs through multiple modes, from a small footprint device into a fully flat 13.3-inch display, X1 Fold will deliver laptop efficiency with smartphone portability.
Built from a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber and covered in a luxurious leather folio cover, the X1 Fold will offer the durability and reliability users expect from any ThinkPad.
Unfolded, the X1 Fold is ideal for touch heavy content consumption with 13.3-inches of OLED display real estate and weighing less than 2.2 pounds (1kg).
In landscape mode with the integrated kickstand in the leather folio case, users can review and annotate the latest presentation or use the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard.
When folded closed, the keyboard is stored and wirelessly charged inside the system and secured with magnets.
When taking a break, watch the latest episode of your favorite series on the bright OLED display with a Dolby Audio experience.
In portrait orientation, users can take notes or draw out concepts using the Active Pen or scroll through and sign a legal document.
Fold the screen out completely flat and use as a tablet or bend it slightly to read a few chapters on your next flight like a book.
Co-engineered with Intel, the Always Connected PC is powered by Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® Hybrid Technology is available with Windows 10.
Lenovo is planning on offering ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 10X at a later date for an enhanced foldable user experience.
Furthermore, optional 5G connectivity will enable new ways of working wherever, whenever and however you want.
“Creating the world’s first foldable PC is a major engineering challenge, but Lenovo is more than up to the task,” said Christian Teismann, President, Commercial PC and Smart Device Business Lenovo.
“Our legendary ThinkPad heritage has given us the foundation for progressive design over the years to now build an engineering masterpiece with X1 Fold, a new category of device that comes along once in a decade.”
“Our longstanding partnership with Lenovo continues to push the boundaries of PC experiences and design,” said Gregory Bryant, Intel Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group.
“The collaboration across our teams has been incredible, and the deep co-engineering work we’ve done at the platform level has clearly yielded beautiful results with this unique, foldable screen PC.”
Project: ThinkPad X1 Fold
Designers: Brian Leonard, Lenovo Experience Design Group
Manufacturer: Lenovo Group Limited