11 January 2021
Lenovo’s 13.3-inch foldable PC that was introduced back in May at the company’s Accelerate 2019 event in Orlando has now gone official at the CES 2020 event. Well, it now bears a name as well which is the ThinkPad X1 Fold. And, as promised the world’s first foldable PC is arriving for purchase in the middle of this year for $2,499.
Nothing has changed since its debut and the only difference is, Lenovo made it available in the hands of the CES attendees so that they could deliver their experience to their followers.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold has thick bezel around it and the device takes the same of a book when you fold it. This means the fold bends inwards and the two halves of the display lean flat upon each other. From outside, Lenovo has genuinely added a book like a shape to the device for a handy experience.
According to hands-on experience from Engadget, the device leaves a small gap when folded into half. And, to fill this gap, Lenovo has even designed a Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard. The ThinkPad X1 Fold wirelessly charges the keyboard when it’s nestled between the screens and the whole setup is snapped shut. You can unfold the device anytime and use the built-in kickstand to connect this external keyboard and mouse for regular-like laptop usage.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold packs the latest Intel Core processors with Hybrid Technology. It runs Windows 10 Pro. Lenovo has reportedly also said that it will make a version with Microsoft's Windows 10 X system for multi and dual-screen devices one that’s available. But for now, Lenovo has integrated mode-switching software to let you easily use the Fold in various configurations. For instance, the device activates a full screen on the tap of this button if you’re using the device in landscape.
Lenovo’s spokesperson has clarified the screen durability by saying the device was engineered to prevent damage. Two interlocking carbon fiber plates sit below the screen to make sure the LG Display plastic OLED is protected. Some 12 to 13 layers of parts sit on top of each other within the device, including a fan, heat sink, motherboard, speakers, battery and more.
The company is reportedly also planning on making a 5G-ready version in the second half of the year. The Thinkpad X1 Fold will cost $2,499.
Together with other upgrades to ThinkPad and Yoga lineup, Lenovo also launched a Chromebook from the IdeaPad series. The new IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is convertible with a 10.1-inch display with 1900x1200 pixels resolution. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60T processor running at 2.0GHz paired with 4GB RAM and up to 128GB storage and an Intel UHD graphics chip.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook holds a 5MP back camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter. It holds a pair of speakers, a volume rocker, a sleep button, and a USB-C port.
The tablet is bundled with a keyboard and kickstand so that you could use it as a laptop. Overall, the Ideapad Duet Chromebook aims to give you the full Chromebook experience for just $279. It will be available in May for purchase.
Lenovo has also launched a 13-inch IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook as well as the CES 2020 event. It is one of the first Chromebooks with Intel’s 10th-gen processors. It is a 2-in-1 Chromebook that offers a 13-inch IPS touchscreen display. It offers 2 USB C ports, a single USB-A port, an audio jack, and a microSD card slot. It bears front-facing stereos and a backlit keyboard.
It runs Chrome OS and the 10th-gen processor maxes out with a Core i5 with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Lenovo claims the Chromebook Flex 5 could offer up to 10 hours of battery life with charging over USB-C ports.
The price of the 13-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 Chromebook starts at $359 and it is expected to be available in late June 2020.
Lenovo has also introduced its first 5G PC as well called the Yoga 5G. The PC supports both millimeter-wave full-band and sub-6GHz 5G networks. This is the same PC that Lenovo previewed at Computex as Project Limitless. This is an ultra-portable 2-in-1 laptop which is the first-ever PC powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. The processor is powered by Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics and has user-facing stereo speakers powered by Dolby Atmos.
It comes with a hands-free IR camera or integrated fingerprint reader and packs a good battery capacity that offers up to 24 hours of battery life. It comes with a 14-inch full HD IPS touch display that offers 400 nits brightness with narrow bezels on all sides. It comes with a software-enabled intelligence temperature control feature that adjusts performance depending on the activities, thus keeping your laptop cool.
The price of the Lenovo Yoga 5G starts at $1,499 and is expected to be available starting spring 2020.
The new launches also include the Yoga Slim 7, an AMD Ryzen 4000-powered Yoga which is cheaper than its Intel version. With the introduction of the new notebook, customers now have a choice to choose between the one powered by Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile processor with Radeon graphics or the Intel-based 14-inch Yoga Slim 7.
Most of the other internals remain the same. There is a 14-inch 1080p display, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage. It has two USB 3.1 ports, a single USB Type-C port, an SD card reader, HDMI port, and the usual headphone jack. The main difference is the Intel’s model includes Wi-Fi 6 support. Also, there is a fabric variant of the laptop that includes the option of a 4K display and support for GeForce MX graphics. Lenovo is also offering a 15-inch model with optional GeForce GTX graphics support.
Both the Intel and AMD versions of the Yoga Slim 7 will be available for purchase in April. The price of the AMD version starts at $849.99 and the Intel model is priced at $1,209.99.