resented at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the Lenovo Fold X1 can now be pre-ordered on the Lenovo site. It is the first portable PC with a folding screen, a new format which imposes a hefty price.
The CES 2020 gave pride of place to the concepts of folding computers, both on the hardware side with prototypes such as Intel’s Horseshoe Bend and on the software side with Microsoft’s Windows 10X dedicated to these machines in an unprecedented format.
Lenovo had chosen another rather surprising path: to go directly to the stage of a product marketed during the year and using “classic” Windows 10 rather than waiting for a perfectly calibrated ( but ultimately delayed) operating system. ).
The first folding laptop of its kind
Lenovo is therefore keeping its promise of rapid commercialization. The Lenovo Fold X1 plays in the ultraportable category since it weighs only 999 g for a thickness of 11.5 mm when opened.
The screen is obviously the centerpiece with a 13.3-inch OLED touch screen with a definition of 2048 x 1536 pixels in a 4: 3 format. It can be used as a 13.3-inch tablet once the screen is unfolded, or even 9.6 inches with a keyboard (sold separately) covering half the screen.
Above all, we hope that the screen (the bending of which was very visible when we first contacted CES) will have a durable hinge, preventing it from getting dusty. The question of durability is obviously a question for folding smartphones, and it will be the case for this first laptop of its kind. It remains to be seen how Windows 10 will handle an unprecedented format like this. Will an operating system designed for “classic” computers provide a good experience or will we have to wait for Windows 10X?
An atypical computer with atypical components
Inside, there is an equally atypical Intel processor. The first of its kind, the Core i5-L16G7 is an ultra-low-power model that is part of Intel’s Lakefield hybrid architecture . This combines two types of architecture for a five-core processor.
We thus benefit from a single large heart resulting from the 10th generation of Core processors taking care of intensive tasks, more power hungry. To support it, several small cores using the Tremont architecture found within Atom processors take care of the background tasks. A concept similar to the Big.Little that has been observed for several years in the field of processors for smartphones.
Accompanied by 8 GB of memory and the various controllers (for USB-C ports, for example), the assembly therefore integrates CPU / GPU on a particularly compact motherboard.
Prepare to unfold … your wallet
As one could imagine with a format and new components, the addition is steep. The basic configuration of the tablet with 256 GB of storage is therefore offered at 2749 €. You will have to add 180 € to benefit from 1 TB of storage. Above all, the keyboard is sold separately at a price of 200 €. A bit petty, in our opinion.
Lenovo mentions on its site availability within six weeks for orders. You will therefore have to be patient if you decide to fall for the first folding laptop PC.