LG has announced their first foldable tablet with the LG Gram Fold, a 17-inch Windows 11 tablet that is only launching in South Korea, where reservations for 200 limited editions will open up from October 4. Shipping will commence on October 10.
LG didn’t have to look far for a flexible OLED display it could use for this tablet since LG Display is one of the world’s largest producers of flexible OLED solutions.
LG Gram Fold is launching within the LG Gram family of lightweight Windows laptops, and it marks LG’s 10-year anniversary for the Gram series that started in 2014. LG has had dual-screen smartphones on the market before too, but never a tablet with a folding display.
The computing power of the LG Gram Fold is the latest 13th gen. 12-core 5.0 GHz Intel Core i5-1335U processor and Iris Xe Graphics GPU, with 16GB of LPDDR5 (6000 MHz) RAM, and 512GB of M.2 NVMe storage. Which is attractive in itself.
The foldable OLED touchscreen measures 17 inches across when unfolded, and has a QXGA+ resolution of 2560 x 1920, up to 500 nits brightness, and a Vesa certified True Black 500 standard for the display as well as 99.5% DCI-P3 color gamut.
LG says the LG Gram Fold has been durability tested with 30,000 folds without breaking. That sounds good, but we still need to see if there are any creases or if the display will still be flat over time.
As a foldable tablet or foldable laptop, LG took care to give it 3 speakers, so that it has what is known as pivot speakers that channels out spatial sound depending on the screen rotation and angles. These 1.5W stereo speakers also feature Dolby Atmos.
Since the LG Gram Fold is a top of the line kind of product from LG, it features the latest Wi-Fi 6E for the fastest Wi-Fi you can get. Other specs are Bluetooth 5.1, face recognition for use with Windows Hello from the front camera, a 4096 levels of pressure sensitive pen, a wireless keyboard, a USB-C 4.0 port with Thunderbolt, and a USB-C 3.2 port.
It has a sizeable 72Wh battery with a 65W charger too.
And it’s almost ironic that the 80-key full-size keyboard also has a touchpad considering all the other touchscreen space.
LG Gram Fold weighs 1250 grams without the keyboard. While it’s 9.4mm thick when unfolded, and 19.2mm thick when folded, which leaves a little gap when it’s folded.
We can see that the design is not new in this category. The way it’s intended to be used is similar to that of the other foldable tablets from Lenovo, Asus, and HP, with a floating physical keyboard that can be laid on top of the tablet when folded into laptop mode, or alternatively used completely separated from the tablet when the tablet stands in either portrait or landscape mode.
So far HP has the inside edge with the best in class design for a foldable Windows tablet, and it has more power too. HP has given their foldable HP Spectre Foldable 17 a discrete rear kickstand, whereas the LG Gram Fold has a large rear case for that purpose.
This also marks the second time that we’re treated to a limited edition tablet in 2023, with the other tablet being the ultra powerful Intel Core 9 model Asus ROG Flow Z13-ACRNM RMT02.
– Tom Bowen