The main difference between the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 fold and its foldable rivals is that the X1 fold is not considered a mobile device. Unfolded, it has a 13.3-inch OLED display, and Lenovo calls it the world’s first foldable PC. But can it compete with our best laptop for graphic design?
Speaking of laptop, Lenovo has a very clear message for you: Do not call it. “I want to make a bold statement,” says Lenovo Vice President Jerry Paradis. No a laptop
Actually, X1 folds can be used in many ways. An easel stand (sold separately) will allow it to stand in portrait or landscape orientation, while the onscreen keyboard will allow the user to type like a laptop when the device is half-incomplete (sorry, Jerry).
Tech-wise, the device features Intel’s Core i5 Lakefield processor, along with 8GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. The display itself is OLED, which means higher contrast than bright colors and standard LCD displays.
But perhaps the most notable aspect of the X1 fold is the price. Starting at $ 2,499, it is a very expensive device. And Lenovo knows it. “A revolutionary folding display does not come cheap and manufacturing costs for such a device are high,” says Swarg. “In that context the X1 fold that starts at $ 2,499 for the first of its kind, the PC device defining the range doesn’t seem so bad.” OK then.
Curiously, it seems that the company is already empty for a less-heated response than the X1 fold. “Often, public reception for a completely new technology can be nostalgic at best, even frosty,” says Swarg. “Human nature is usually counterproductive to change. But eventually those who actually do the things we do, understand things, enjoy things, will succeed.”
To be fair, the device could eventually be a game changer for creatives on the move. A portable device that can be fronted in a full-size digital canvas can rival our best drawing tablets well, offering a larger screen but with a smaller footprint when folded.
If you buy this powerful and multi-functional non-laptop (and can afford the price), you can preorder the ThinkPad X1 fold from Lenovo’s website. And if you are doing Looking for an incredibly powerful laptop, you can do a lot worse than the 2020 MacBook Pro – see today’s best offers below.