After working on the technology for years, the foldable smartphones are finally here. Samsung and Huawei have launched their foldable smartphones and will soon be available for purchase. Other smartphone makers are also working on their own foldable smartphones which could go official later this year.
Interestingly, Lenovo has now unveiled a foldable screen device but it’s not a smartphone. The company has showcased a laptop that features a foldable screen. The device, named ThinkPad X1 is a prototype and was showcased at the company’s annual sales event. It aims to show the direction of where the future of computing is heading.
It’s a long way before the product gets commercialized as there are various aspects of the device that needs to be addressed. For instance, the China-based company is still figuring out how a physical keyboard will fit into the computer.
The prototype of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable screen laptop has a hinge that allows the screen to be sturdily tilted up to a variety of viewing angles when it folds into the shape of a traditional laptop. It has a 13.3-inch high-resolution display and is running Microsoft‘s Windows operating system.
Lenovo is planning to take its time for releasing this product and the company said that it has been working on the device for the last three years and doesn’t plan to release it until 2020, presumably hoping to avoid a fate like the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung launched its ambitious foldable smartphone Galaxy Fold earlier this year. Just when the phone was about to go on sale, the South Korean giant had to postpone the launch because of the early feedback regarding the display-related issues. The company is yet announced a new launch date for the Galaxy Fold.