Lenovo finally announced the relase of their new and improved foldable Windows tablet Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold 16 today, which is launching from $2499:
Lenovo actually has bragging rights of this being their second foldable tablet already, which is something only Lenovo can say so far.
The launch comes a little later than expected, but with the benefit that this is now a more mature device than it would have been otherwise, and maybe even more importantly, it is released at a significant reduced cost.
$2499 is the entry price, as there are 4 different model configurations to chose from. Since it’s a foldable tablet, it obviously has an OLED screen, in this case, a 16.3-inch Folding OLED with a display resolution of 2560 x 2024, and a size of 12 inches when folded, with 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, up to 600 nits brightness (HDR), and Dolby Vision.
This folding screen also supports the 4096 pressure level supported Lenovo Precision Pen 2 which conforms to all the WGP, AES 2.0 and MPP 2.0 protocols.
The processor family is the 12th gen Intel Core range, with choices of the 4.4 Ghz i5-1230U or 1240U, or the 4.7 GHz i7-1250U or 1260U, all with Intel Iris Xe Graphics GPU.
RAM starts at 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM (5200 MHz), and goes up to 16GB or 32GB, with similar storage choices, ranging from 256GB of SSD PCIe Gen4 TLC Opal 2.0 storage, up to 512GB or 1TB.
All types of foldable tablets are in a flagship category, so naturally the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold 16 also has Wi-Fi 6E, as well as Bluetooth 5.1, optional 5G, a fingerprint reader on the keyboard, HD Audio and 3x 2W speakers with Dolby Atmos, 4 far-field mics with Dolby Voice, a 5MP front camera with IR Discrete and MIPI, and a 68Wh battery with Rapid Charge support that can charge the battery 80% in 1 hour.
At 150 nits brightness, the battery life is rated to around 15 hours on the top model and 10 hours on the entry level model. It’s delivered with a 65W USB-C slim charger with PD 3.0 support.
As for the external hardware, it has support for 4 external monitors with the Thunderbolt ports even supporting monitors with 5120 x 3200 resolution at 60Hz. So now we’re taking major league.
The ports are 2x Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 ports and 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port with Power Delivery 3.0 and DisplayPort.
And the physical keyboard is backlit, though both the pen and the keyboard with the tall rear stand are optional extras on the cheapest configuration.
It can be delivered with either Windows 11 Home or Pro, which you’ll have to chose between when you order it.
The thickness when opened is just 8.6mm, so as a tablet it’s thinner than many other regular tablets, though the weight is 1260 grams. But for a foldable tablet this size, I consider that to be acceptable.
– Tom Bowen