Lenovo Group Ltd. unveiled the interior of its $ 2,499 foldable ThinkPad, which goes on sale mid-year, to instill confidence in a category that has seen some technological setbacks.
An earlier prototype of the 13-inch tablet that folds in half was first shown last May, but the technology behind the hardware has evolved. This folding mechanism makes it easier to transport the computer, but has also been difficult for some other businesses to deploy. In a demonstration at the CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas, there was no crease on the screen when fully unfolded – unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Lenovo’s upcoming Motorola Razr smartphone – and it is compatible with a keyboard that mounts to the top of the screen.
The plastic OLED display is covered with carbon fiber plates for impact resistance, an issue that also plagued Samsung’s device, along with a silicon and magnesium bezel around the edges to prevent breakage. In an interview, Christian Teismann, president of Lenovo’s commercial PCs, said the company had spent four years developing its foldable display technology and the computer was designed to last a typical lifecycle of three to four years. .
With about six months to go, the computer still seems to need some tweaking to work properly with Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system. It also runs on a new Intel Corp chip. which is slower than those typically found in comparably priced computers. Given its cost, the machine will likely appeal to early adopters first, but tech companies are pushing for foldable devices to eventually become mainstream hits. Lenovo will also offer a 5G version for an additional charge, making the device one of the first computers to run on the new high-speed wireless standard.
Lenovo Introduces New Foldable Laptop at $ 2,499 as Technology Improves