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Meet Lenovo’s new foldable and super-light PCs

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by Peter Krass on 09/30/2020
Blog Category: devices

A PC that folds in half, and another that weighs less than 2 pounds. That’s what Lenovo has for your customers this week. While neither device is exactly cheap, both look pretty cool.

ThinkPad X1 Fold

Foldable phones, sure. We’ve already seen Microsoft’s Surface Duo and Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2. But a foldable PC? Lenovo says yes.

Its new ThinkPad X1 Fold is a single-screen, 5G always-connected PC. Lenovo says it’s been designed for today’s hybrid work environment, with people sometimes working from home, sometimes from the office, and sometimes from who knows where.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold: one flexible PC

The device’s folding OLED screen can be opened fully to 13.3 inches, or folded back for two 9.6-inch screens.

Battery life is promised at up to 8.5 hours, enough (just) for a full work day. The device weighs 1 kg / 2.2 lb.

Lenovo has given the device 5G connectivity. Your customers probably don’t have 5G yet, but they may soon. Lenovo is calling this “a true smartphone experience in an ACPC” (short for Always-Connected Personal Computer).

The ThinkPad X1 Fold is powered by an Intel Core processor (Lenovo hasn’t specified the generation), and it comes with 8GB of LPDDR4X memory and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. For clear sound, the device includes a Dolby Atmos speaker system. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera. The two OS choices are Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro.

Lenovo is taking orders for the Fold now and says shipments will begin in “a few weeks.” But get those credit-cards in order: This device has a starting retail price of $2,500.

ThinkPad X1 Nano

How light can a laptop PC get, while still packing in the latest components? That would seem to be the question Lenovo’s engineers tried to answer with the new ThinkPad X1 Nano.

It’s super-light at just 907 g / 1.99 lb. Thin at 0.55 inch. Yet it manages to offer the latest 11th gen Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, AI-powered security and more.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano: thin, light — and powerful

Under the hood you’ll find up to 16GB of DDR4X memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. Connectivity on tap includes Wi-Fi 6, 5G and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. Battery life is promised at up to 17.3 hours.

The device’s 13-inch display uses Dolby Vision 2K, and comes in a choice of touch-screen or non-touch. There’s also a backlit keyboard, HD camera, Dolby Atmos speakers, and an OS choice of either Windows 10 Pro or Linux.

Security is robust. The ThinkPad X1 Nano uses AI and biometric authentication with “human presence detection” (it locks the PC when the user walks away), voice recognition and a fingerprint reader.

Lenovo has also equipped the device with “always-on” tech. The company says you can resume working within less than one second after opening the lid.

Lenovo says the ThinkPad X1 Nano should be available in this year’s fourth quarter (which starts tomorrow). Retail prices will start at around $1,400.


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