Smartphones, tablets, and laptops often use similar technological achievements. Most recently, the first mobile devices were presented, equipped with flexible screens that allow you to turn a gadget into a full-fledged tablet. Lenovo decided to keep up with the new trend and demonstrated the world’s first laptop with a flexible display. Representatives of the company assure that the device will go on sale in 2020 and will be one of the models from the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 line.
The gadget shown to journalists is equipped with a 13.3-inch flexible touch OLED-display with a resolution of 2K (1920 x 1440 pixels, 3: 2 aspect ratio) from LG. When the screen is bent, there are two parts with a 9.6-inch diagonal each. In this case, the device has different operating scenarios. The consumer can use the product in the format of a laptop, tablet, book or even a miniature mono-block run on Windows 10.
Note that earlier, Lenovo had already experimented with a “virtual keyboard laptop”. But then the Lenovo Yoga Book was equipped with two screens. On one of which the user could draw, write or display a virtual numeric keypad, while the second one was intended for the standard display of the desktop. The new device does not have a structural separation between the screens, they are part of one single display.
The new laptop with a flexible screen supports the so-called “book format”, when the gadget is placed like a book, and you can view content on the pages. You can also take notes with the Wacom included a stylus and connect an additional Bluetooth keyboard to enter text. The cover, which also serves as a stand, allows you to place the device on the table in an unfolded form or carry it in your hands like a diary.
The developer did not voice all the technical characteristics of the new product, which is still only a prototype. It is only known that the gadget will work on an Intel chip run by Windows 10. The sample presented to the public now has two USB Type-C connectors, an IR camera compatible with Windows Hello, and stereo speakers. The weight of the prototype is less than a kilogram. The battery capacity is also unknown, but according to Lenovo, the device will be able to work all day long (whether a working day is meant, or 24 hours, is not specified).
The price of the future device with a flexible screen has not been disclosed yet. For comparison, it can be noted that smartphones with a bending display cost from $1900 to $2600.