Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, first foldable PC, debuts at CES 2020

Lenovo's Think Pad X1 Fold features two sides that open to a single 13.3-in. OLED display with no discernible line at the seam. (Lenovo)

At CES 2020, Lenovo showed the world’s first foldable PC, which is a functional PC with a folding OLED display.

I got to hold the ThinkPad X1 Fold and view it in several modes and also typed on the independent Bluetooth keyboard. It seemed gimmicky to me, but not too far-fetched for many users. I was most impressed by the seamless connection of the two sides of the X1 Fold when opened up to a single large 13.3-inch image on the display. There was absolutely no detectable line at the seam on the display.

Pricing is expected to start at $2,500 (way beyond my price range) with a Windows 10 edition available in mid-2020. The Windows 10X version is expected at a later date. It was co-engineered with Intel, which provides its Intel Core processors.

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Lenovo believes that users who frequently switch between phone, tablet and laptop are looking for something like the X1 Fold. It weighs less than 2.2 pounds and when used in dual screen mode will offer two 9.6-in displays, useful for side-by-side work.

I’m a fat-fingered typist and so I could never use the smaller keyboard it comes equipped with. But folded up, the thin keyboard fits in the middle of the X1 Fold’s two sides.

All told, it could be very nifty for some users.

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