06 May 2022
HP is reportedly working on a foldable laptop which will be its first. The report is coming from The Elec, a South Korean publication, citing information related to the supply chain. We have seen the likes of Asus and Lenovo release foldable notebooks in the past but none of them have become popular beyond the geek community.
The report reveals that HP has opted for SK IE Technology aka SKIET as the exclusive supplier for the flexible polyimide (PI) film. These films will be used for the cover display of the foldable notebook. LG Display is the flexible OLED panel manufacturer for HP's offering and will be receiving PI films directly from SKIET.
SKIET is said to produce about 10,000 units of the PI film. As for LG Display, it is expected to mass-produce thousands or even 10,000 foldable OLED panels starting in the third quarter. It means the mass production of the display panel should begin sometime in July 2022.
The foldable notebook is said to offer 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels). It will measure 17-inches when unfolded and about 11-inches when folded. In other words, the notebook will essentially become a Windows tablet when used in the folded state. This would be a good option for those interested in a tablet running Windows including all software and tools.
It is claimed that HP is planning to launch the foldable notebook either by the end of 2022 or in early 2023. If the launch date is set for the latter timeline, there is a good chance we may see it making its debut at CES 2023.