This is the first foldable PC and there’s nothing else like it

Levono has just teased its upcoming 2020 Windows device. It’s the foldable PC you see above and it’s like nothing we’ve seen before.

Lenovo showed off its foldable PC at its Accelerate conference. Currently, the device doesn’t have a name, but it’s in the company’s ThinkPad X1 line. Pricing and release date have yet to be released. We should see that information come out in 2020. But for now, we do know a few things. Let’s take a look:

Lenovo's foldable ThinkPad X1 PC
Lenovo’s foldable ThinkPad X1 PC. Image courtesy Levono.

What we know so far about Levono’s foldable PC

  • OS: “Windows-based device”
  • Processor: Unannounced Intel platform
  • RAM: N/A
  • Graphics: Intel
  • Storage: N/A
  • Display: 13.3-inch 2k OLED, 4:3 aspect, Touch and inking supported
  • Pen: Wacom AES
  • Ports: Two USB Type C
  • Audio: Stereo speakers (Dolby)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi and 4G LTE
  • Camera: Front-facing, IR camera with Windows Hello
  • Keyboard: Bluetooth
  • Touchpad: None
  • Battery: N/A
  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Weight: Less than 2 lbs
Hands typing on the Lenovo's foldable ThinkPad X1 PC
A lot of content creators on the go would use a more portable PC. Image courtesy Windows Central.

The foldable screen is a 13.3-inch OLED with a 2K resolution. The screen also supports full touch features so you can operate it with just your fingers or a pen. Plus, the PC’s hinge is a torque design. This allows the screen to bend and hold in numerous angles.

If you are wondering what OS the PC runs on, that information isn’t out yet. According to Windows Central, which got its hands on one of these foldable PCs, it was running full Windows 10 for the convention demonstration. However, they report Lenovo said this was only for the demonstration.

“Instead, Lenovo wants us to say it’s a “Windows-based device”, which is a smart way of avoiding talking about the Windows “Lite” OS, which is what we’re expecting to be featured on this – and other – foldable PCs,” writes Windows Central.

Who is this PC for?

As you can probably imagine, the market for a foldable PC, at least currently, is small. Levono sees its design as ideal for traveling creators. They even go as far to say “[It’s] a primary PC that can replace your laptop” and it’s ideal for “road warriors and business executives that are highly mobile, as well as tech enthusiasts.”

Being able to fold your computer and have it take up less space in your luggage is definitely a plus.

This is just the beginning

Lenovo could be pioneering a new way to create computers. Companies are always looking to make PCs lighter and thinner. It’s likely that other developers will follow suit and make their own foldable PCs. Time will tell if they become a hit with the masses.

Lenovo will release more information about this foldable PC in the coming months leading up to its 2020 release.

Image courtesy Adam Savage’s Tested, Lenovo and Windows Central

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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