We get it. You’ve already decided that folding screen devices are a Mach 3 flame-out at 85,069 feet. But hear us out, because Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype (it has no official name yet) just might have you thinking that you’ll never want to buy another laptop again. Seriously.

The ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype concept is simple: Take a 13.3-inch, Intel-based, full-service Windows OS-running PC/tablet/device and fold it in half, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of about 10 inches. At about an inch thick, it has the feel of a medium-sized journal.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding tablet Adam Patrick Murray

The ThinkPad X1 folding PC prototype is the size of a small journal when folded.

If you’re on the train or plane, you can simply open it and do your pleasure reading or browsing. While Lenovo didn’t disclose the weight, it felt close to or lighter than Apple’s iPad Pro 13, which comes in at 1.6 pounds.

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 folding PC when used as a “book.”

Obviously, there is pen support as well. Lenovo said its folding tablet features a Wacom-enabled screen. You can also use it as a traditional clamshell and jot down notes while watching a presentation.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding tablet Adam Patrick Murray

The ThinkPad X1 folding tablet obviously has pen support.

If you’re not into the pen thing, you can move to a mode that places a virtual keyboard for “touch typing.” While we’re not into virtual keyboards for touch typing, we do acknowledge some people somewhere actually like them.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding tablet Adam Patrick Murray

A virtual typing keyboard lets you use it as small clam shell laptop too.

If you’re still thinking this is just more high-falutin’ concept stuff that won’t have you ditching your Dell XPS 13 or HP Spectre x360 13 anytime soon, there is one more mode that we think might convince you, the next one below.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding tablet Adam Patrick Murray

Fold the 13.3-screen completely flat and and you now have what is essentially a 13.3-inch, full-service Windows notebook capability.

By folding the screen completely flat, you get a spacious 2K-resolution, 13.3-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio screen. With the included Bluetooth keyboard, you basically have a full Windows PC at your hands. There’s no compromise of a tiny screen, either.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 folding tablet Adam Patrick Murray

Although we did see a little off-axis shifting on the prototype from oblique angles, the bend is barely noticeable most of the time.

To us, the compelling part is that once you’re done, you just fold it up to this incredibly portable package and slip it into your bag or walk out the door like you’re holding a book.





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