Lenovo has welcomed in the arrival of ember season with the launch of its next-generation ThinkPad X1 Fold. The cool aspect about this latest launch is its foldability, a PC category that Lenovo created in 2020. The new ThinkPad X1 Fold is designed to offer full PC performance with a larger screen area, while maintaining the ultra-portability that the original device offered. As an ultra light 16-inch commercial laptop device, this next generation delivers a sleeker and thinner design that can be comfortably used as a primary PC. The design features a 22% larger 16-inch folding OLED display, 25% thinner chassis, and thinner bezels all around to produce a premium, streamlined look and feel that extends to the aluminium frame and a back cover made from 100% recycled woven performance fabric.
So what’s under the hood?
Powered by Intel vPro, an Intel Evo Design with up to 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, and Intel Iris Xe Graphics, the next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold delivers superlative performance in a foldable form factor. Add SSD storage up to 1TB and memory options up to 32GB LPDDR5 mean Windows 11 Home or Pro will run brilliantly regardless of the preferred mode of use.
The next-gen ThinkPad X1 Fold offers an optional full-size backlit ThinkPad keyboard, with TrackPoint and large haptic touchpad, which works attached or detached from the PC depending on the mode. The keyboard can magnetically attach to the lower half of the display for a classic laptop mode giving a full performance, 12-inch laptop experience.
The ultra-bright folding OLED panel is 16.3 inches with a 4:3 aspect ratio offering maximum space in a lightweight package, with the versatility to be oriented in portrait or landscape modes, and of course folded. It can be configured with optional magnetic-attach pen utilising Wacom protocol. Impressively, the new ThinkPad X1 Fold can stream shows, movies and sports up to 600nits HDR brightness and in Dolby Vision where supported.
This class of device is defined by its foldability, with narrow bezels no more than 10mm and measures just 8.6mm thin unfolded with an astonishing folded thinness of just 17.4mm.
It conveniently folds down to the size of a sub-13-inch laptop for lightweight and compact carry and storage.
Lenovo is the first to launch an enhanced version of the Intel Visual Sensing Controller (Intel VSC), an AI powered chip that ensures a seamless experience no matter how the user is using the device. Whether the device is portrait, landscape or in laptop mode, Intel’s VSC automatically manages the camera utilising the increased 75-degree horizontal field of view leveraging Windows 11 automatic framing. The smart sensing makes the new ThinkPad X1 Fold incredibly perceptive and responsive. The “wake-on-approach” feature automatically recognises the user (and only the designated user) to wake the system instantly and be ready to use when the user approaches and when combined with Windows Hello – offers the simplicity of zero-touch login. For added security, the “onlooker detection” notifies the user of anyone’s prying eyes to keep their information private and the “walk-away-lock” knows when the user leaves and locks their system to prevent unwelcome access. Intel’s VSC also uses smart sensing to optimise display settings by reducing refresh rates based on content type and using smart dimming to minimise power when the user is not actively engaging with the display. The Intel VSC helps enable users to have a secure, responsive, immersive, and power efficient PC without compromising on performance, quality or battery life by using smart sensing solutions to intelligently manage power consumption and deliver great user experiences.