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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold Is Finally Available for Pre-Order

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After first showing a prototype in May 2019 and then showcasing specs and details at CES 2020, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is finally available for pre-order. The foldable device will start at $2,499.

Update, Tuesday, Sep. 29, 8:50 a.m. ET: While Lenovo didn't initially announce a shipping window, the Fold's pre-order page says each configuration is shipping in four to five weeks. Story continue below.

Additional accessories are also available to pre-order, including the Lenovo Mod Pen for note taking; the Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard, for laptop-style typing that can be stored and charged wirelessly when it’s folded closed; and an easel stand so that you can use it in portrait or landscape mode, sort of like a monitor, on a desk.

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The device will be powered by one of Intel’s Core i5 Lakefield processors, along with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM at 4,267 MHz and up to 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage. The flexible display is a 13.3-inch, 4:3 OLED screen from LG with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. 5G is optional, but Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 are standard.

Lenovo is being very specific in this launch that it does not consider The X1 Fold to be a laptop. In a blog post, Jerry Paradise, vice president for Lenovo’s commercial portfolio, wrote that the device is a “chameleon of personal computing devices.”

Whatever you call it, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is a PC: one that runs Windows 10 Pro. Lenovo seemingly always intended to launch with Windows 10 Pro, with Windows 10X at a later date. Microsoft seems to have shifted priorities on Windows 10X, so we don’t know when or if that version will ever come. But Lenovo has made its own custom software to make regular Windows 10 Pro work on a foldable. 

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The company seems to be anticipating a middling response to the device. Oddly enough, Paradise wrote that “[o]ften, public reception to a completely new technology can be indifferent at best, even frosty. Human nature is typically averse to change.” He added, though, that that many examples of change have led to success. If one finds its way to our lab, we’ll be able to tell you where on that road the X1 Fold is.

Lenovo today also announced a new ThinkPad laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Nano, as well as new devices in its ThinkBook line. 

  • nofanneeded
    Foldable phones/Notebooks are not worth it.
    Reply
  • husker
    Forgive my ignorance, but why is a special edition of windows (10x) needed to run on a foldable device? If it is considered 2 screens, fine, I'm running windows 10 with 2 displays right now. I can have applications treat them as one continuous screen or separate screens to fit my needs.
    Reply
  • USAFRet
    nofanneeded said:
    Foldable phones/Notebooks are not worth it.
    Define "worth".
    Reply
  • eklipz330
    nofanneeded said:
    Foldable phones/Notebooks are not worth it.
    you heard him boys, pack it up. just give up, no point in offering anything other than whatever fits in @nofanneeded 's world view as "worth it"
    Reply
  • nofanneeded
    USAFRet said:
    Define "worth".

    They are not worth double the price and not worth losing build Quality just to have a screen that folds instead of just cheaper and more durable two separate screens.
    Reply
  • nofanneeded
    eklipz330 said:
    you heard him boys, pack it up. just give up, no point in offering anything other than whatever fits in @nofanneeded 's world view as "worth it"
    You wanna pay double the price for nothing real in return and lose build quality above that suit your self . for me it is not worth it.
    Reply
  • USAFRet
    nofanneeded said:
    They are not worth double the price and not worth losing build Quality just to have a screen that folds instead of just cheaper and more durable two separate screens.
    In some use cases, for some people, it might be useful tool.
    Even if only a fashion statement.

    Like a $1000 iphone.
    Not worth it to me, but you have people lining up around the block for one.

    "worth" is determined by the holder of the particular wallet.
    Reply
  • nofanneeded
    USAFRet said:
    In some use cases, for some people, it might be useful tool.
    Even if only a fashion statement.

    Like a $1000 iphone.
    Not worth it to me, but you have people lining up around the block for one.

    "worth" is determined by the holder of the particular wallet.

    Not even close , They are above $2000 for really nothing in return ...

    First , you lose water resistance , second you lose scratch resistance and gorilla glass on folding screen ... and last you get dust particles sneaking in with folding ..


    I dont mind paying more for new tech , but it is lower Quality and just a Gimmick .. Two separate screens are way better and more durable than a single folded one ... you sacrifice durability for that.
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  • USAFRet
    Again, "worth" is determined by the holder of the wallet.
    You are not the target audience. Ignore it and move on.
    Reply
  • nofanneeded
    USAFRet said:
    Again, "worth" is determined by the holder of the wallet.
    You are not the target audience. Ignore it and move on.

    lol you mean dont say my opinion on the matter and move on ? no thanks :) .
    Reply