First Foldable Tablet With Keyboard Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold To Launch Mid-2020 From $2499

The foldable tablet Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold that Lenovo previewed in May 2019, will be launched sometime in the middle of 2020 Lenovo have just stated at CES 2020. The pretax launch price will start at a whopping $2499.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first full-sized foldable tablet that has been announced so far, although Lenovo brands it a foldable PC.

What it is, is a Windows 10 one-screen tablet that measures 13.3 inches when folded out, where the 13.3-inch flexible OLED screen from LG has a QXGA resolution of 2048 x 1536, with 300 nits brightness, and digitizer support for Lenovo Active Pen.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

As for thickness of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, it is 7.8mm thick when folded out, 11.5mm thick with the cover, and 27.8mm thick when folded with the cover on. So compared to any tablet, it is very thick when folded. Thicker than four Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 tablets stacked together even. The weight is 999 grams with the folio cover for it, but this cover has a kickstand built into it.

The screen can be used as one 4:3 aspect ratio 13.3-inch screen, or as two 9.6-inch screens split apart with different content in each screen. And instead of relying solely on a virtual keyboard, Lenovo have come up with the clever solution of adding a thin physical keyboard called Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard on top of one of these 9.6-inch screens, so that if you fold it like you would with a laptop, you can use this Bluetooth Fold Mini Keyboard just like you would use the keyboard on a laptop.

It attaches itself magnetically and charges wirelessly. And being a Bluetooth keyboard, it can be used as a separated keyboard on a desk as well.

There will be several versions of this foldable tablet, as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold can be configured with Intel Core processors with Hybrid Technology, Intel UHD 11 GPU, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM (at 4267MHz !), and up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. That itself should make for a solid performer.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold also has specs like a 11 hour battery life from the 50Whr battery with 65W rapid charge and wireless charging, a 5MP camera and IR camera, Dolby Audio speakers, a USB C Gen 1 port, a USB C Gen 2 port, a DisplayPort through USB C, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, and even optional 4G and 5G.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold accessories apart from the cover, pen, and keyboard, also includes a USB Dock, and a USB Hybrid Dock.

In addition to the various specs configurations, Lenovo will launch a Windows 10 Home / Pro version first, then add another Windows 10X version at a later date, when Microsoft launches the foldable optimized Windows 10X OS version.

Lenovo has set a pretty high standard in terms of specs and features with this foldable tablet, which makes the future for foldables very bright.

– Tom Bowen

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