Lenovo has just announced the next-generation ThinkPad X1 Fold that redefines the foldable PC category that Lenovo created in 2020.
The new ThinkPad X1 Fold is designed to offer full PC performance with a larger screen area, while maintaining the ultra-portability that the original ground-breaking device offered.
As the world’s lightest 16 inch commercial laptop device, this next generation delivers a versatile, powerful and portable device, with a sleeker and thinner design that can be comfortably used as a primary PC.
Improving on a category-defining PC is not easy, but Lenovo’s done just that.
Through a combination of customer feedback and end user insights, the innovative design features a 22% larger 16-inch folding OLED display, 25% thinner chassis, and thinner bezels all around to produce a premium, streamlined look and feel that extends to the aluminum frame and a back cover made from 100% recycled woven performance fabric. When building a next-gen device, there’s the advantage of learning from a solid base of customer experience and a groundswell of user input.
This insight has served Lenovo well in defining four primary areas where the experience must be flawless performance, keyboard, display and design.
Designed with up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, and Intel Iris XeGraphics, the next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold delivers superlative performance in a foldable form factor. Add SSD storage up to 1TB and memory options up to 32GB LPDDR5 mean Windows 11 Home or Pro will run brilliantly regardless of the preferred mode of use.
A positive and familiar typing experience on a device designed to be a primary PC is vital.
The next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold offers an optional full-size backlit ThinkPad keyboard, with TrackPoint and large haptic touchpad, which works attached or detached from the PC depending on the mode.
The keyboard can magnetically attach to the lower half of the display for a classic laptop mode giving a full performance, 12-inch laptop experience.
More screen real estate means more productivity, and hybrid working styles have only further highlighted a greater need for screen space. The new ThinkPad X1 Fold delivers more space in spades, and the display adapts to however users wish to use it. The ultra-bright folding OLED panel is 16.3 inches with a 4:3 aspect ratio offering maximum space in a lightweight package, with the versatility to be oriented in portrait or landscape modes, and of course folded.
It can be configured with optional magnetic-attach pen utilizing Wacom protocol. Impressively, the new ThinkPad X1 Fold can stream shows, movies and sports up to 600nits HDR brightness and in Dolby Vision where supported.
The look and feel of devices are becoming increasingly important as users seek designs that express more personality and generate a more emotional connection to technology that is so often the backbone of daily lives. Designing a foldable PC with narrower bezels, a larger display and get thinner overall without compromising durability, is not without engineering challenges.
The new ThinkPad X1 Fold exhibits narrow bezels no more than 10mm and measures just 8.6mm thin unfolded with an astonishing folded thinness of just 17.4mm. Like all ThinkPad laptops, the ThinkPad X1 Fold has been through Lenovo’s stringent testing methods in addition to MIL-STD-810H standards to maximise durability and reassurance. Even the 100% recycled woven performance fabric cover underwent a multitude of durability and reliability testing.
Lenovo continues to innovate more usage modes and this is where foldable PC technology comes into its own. The next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold truly does shape the future by providing the screen real estate and viewing experience of a 16-inch laptop in half the footprint of clamshell laptop alternatives.
It conveniently folds down to the size of a sub-13-inch laptop for lightweight and compact carry and storage. Such an innovative design brings exceptional versatility to transform to the users’ needs and deliver one of the most compelling computing experiences ever made. Productivity, collaboration, content consumption, reading, writing, editing, and so on are all a breeze in whichever mode one feels most comfortable with.
Lenovo designers and engineers worked tirelessly on the next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold delivering a device that once again transforms the foldable category.
The larger display required a redesign for both the hinge and the panel itself, and the resulting bell-shaped system hinge allows the foldable OLED panel to be folded flat in both open and closed scenarios resulting in a thinner system. Over two hundred parts move synchronously within the hinge design to maximise display consistency and durability.
A new display interface was developed, which folds the non-active area enhancing durability and enabling thinner bezels. The hybrid shutter frame was also redesigned with the multiple benefits of thinness, more room for antennas ,and simplifying field servicing. Lenovo engineers also developed a set of patent-pending folding graphite sheets to dissipate heat across the system to deliver an exceptionally powerful fan-less design. Ground-breaking design and engineering need to be complemented by an outstanding user experience.
The previously mentioned keyboard includes the recently introduced clickable TrackPoint Communications Quick Menu App, which offers rapid access to camera and microphone functions, but it’s the thinking behind multi-mode use that steps into its own.
Three USB Type C ports, including two Intel Thunderbolt ports, are available so that at least two are always accessible in any mode. The same principle applies to the speakers and microphones with three Dolby Atmos speakers installed where two are always active preserving stereo sound. There are twin dual microphone arrays, one of which is active depending on the mode in use, with Dolby Voice optimizing microphone and speaker performance leveraging spatial audio technology for exceptional conferencing experiences.
To take further advantage of the new ThinkPad X1 Fold’s unique form factor, Lenovo is the first to launch an enhanced version of the Intel Visual Sensing Controller (Intel VSC), an AI powered chip that ensures a seamless experience no matter how the user is using the device.
Whether the device is portrait, landscape or in laptop mode, Intel’s VSC automatically manages the camera utilizing the increased 75-degree horizontal field of view leveraging Windows 11 automatic framing. The smart sensing makes the new ThinkPad X1 Fold incredibly perceptive and responsive. The “wake-on-approach” feature automatically recognises the user (and only the designated user) to wake the system instantly and be ready to use when the user approaches and when combined with Windows Hello offers the simplicity of zero-touch login.
For added security, the “onlooker detection” notifies the user of anyone’s prying eyes to keep their information private and the “walk-away-lock” knows when the user leaves and locks their system to prevent unwelcome access. Intel’s VSC also uses smart sensing to optimise display settings by reducing refresh rates based on content type and using smart dimming to minimise power when the user is not actively engaging with the display.
These capabilities combine to make the next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold more natural and easier to interact with. The Intel VSC helps enable users to have a secure, responsive, immersive, and power efficient PC without compromising on performance, quality or battery life by using smart sensing solutions to intelligently manage power consumption and deliver great user experiences.
Customer insight and foundational engineering have combined to create one of the most innovative and compelling computing experiences. Every technological breakthrough and usability feature have been implemented with the ultimate user experience in mind. Committed to the long-term future of personal computing, Lenovo has delivered on its promise with foldable technology. Shaping that future begins today with the next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold.
Next-Gen ThinkPad X1 Fold with Windows 11 pricing and availability is still to be confirmed.