Fingers-on: Lenovo’s second foldable PC addresses the primary’s greatest issues

Lenovo 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold
Enlarge / Lenovo 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold.

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Lenovo is giving the foldable PC a second shot. The upcoming Lenovo 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold introduced in the present day makes an attempt to enhance on 2020’s ThinkPad X1 Fold, with a much bigger display, extra highly effective specs, and an working system higher suited to multitasking throughout the bendable OLED touchscreen.

I attempted out the Home windows 11 PC forward of its anticipated November launch, and it has improved upon the weaknesses of the unique 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold.

The brand new Fold folds up extra securely than earlier than, its OS is extra accommodating to twin screens, and enhanced specs give it better potential for enterprise use. Lenovo might lastly have the items wanted for a fascinating, natural-feeling foldable Home windows expertise.

Greater foldable display

Lenovo’s subsequent foldable PC has a display measuring 16.3 inches diagonally when totally open, with 2024×2560 pixels. The unique ThinkPad X1 Fold used a 13.3-inch, 2048×1536 OLED display.

The new ThinkPad X1 Fold has greater pixel density than its predecessor (200.2 pixels per inch versus 192.4 ppi).
Enlarge / The brand new ThinkPad X1 Fold has better pixel density than its predecessor (200.2 pixels per inch versus 192.4 ppi).

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In comparison with the 13.3-inch display, the 16.3-inch show instantly gave me extra flexibility when displaying a number of home windows. The additional display house was additionally good for watching movies, although the 4:3 side ratio meant decently thick black bars with most fashionable video content material.

Utilizing magnets, the foldable’s elective, however typically needed, stand appeared prefer it had a safe connection to the PC, whether or not the system was totally open in panorama or portrait mode.

Lenovo will sell the keyboard and stand together but separate from the PC.
Enlarge / Lenovo will promote the keyboard and stand collectively however separate from the PC.

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Once I set the 16.3-inch machine in a vertical place, it offered a uniquely lengthy view that was good for ongoing information or a social media feed. It match a powerful quantity of on-screen textual content after I seen a newspaper-like doc on it.

The 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold in one of its unique forms.
Enlarge / The 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold in one in all its distinctive kinds.

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Regardless of having a 22 p.c bigger display than its predecessor, Lenovo’s 16-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold did not really feel way more cumbersome to hold. In actual fact, it felt a lot much less clunky than carrying across the typical clamshell laptop computer on this dimension class.

The brand new PC has a 25 p.c thinner chassis than the 13.3-inch ThinkPad X1 Fold. It is 0.34 inches (8.6 mm) thick when open and 0.69 inches (17.4 mm) thick when folded, in comparison with 0.5 inches (11.5 mm) and 1.1 inches (27.8 mm), respectively, with the primary Fold.

The 16.3-inch display additionally permits for a 12-inch clamshell expertise, the place the foldable is bent in half, and the decrease half is roofed with Lenovo’s magnetically connected ThinkPad keyboard.

You can use the keyboard like a regular wireless keyboard or docked onto the bottom half of the display.
Enlarge / You should use the keyboard like an everyday wi-fi keyboard or docked onto the underside half of the show.

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Use of a bigger foldable display required a redesign of the hinge and the panel, which is now connected to the backbone, permitting it to flatten beneath the chassis when unfolded.

Lenovo’s announcement described a bell-shaped hinge system that “permits the foldable OLED panel to be folded flat in each open and closed eventualities leading to a thinner system.” Greater than 200 elements reportedly transfer concurrently when folding and unfolding the PC.

In motion, the hinge felt sturdy and required a wholesome quantity of pressure to shift the PC’s positioning. It did not appear to be it could budge until I needed it to. How properly that hinge can stand up to heavy use will, in fact, be a big consider how profitable this foldable is. Lenovo mentioned it makes use of MIL-STD-810H testing requirements for the PC.

“A brand new show interface was developed, which folds the non-active space, enhancing sturdiness and enabling thinner bezels,” Lenovo mentioned in its announcement. The show’s bezels are “not more than” 0.39 inches (10 mm), in accordance with the seller.

“The hybrid shutter body was additionally redesigned with the a number of advantages of thinness, extra room for antennas, and simplifying area servicing,” the announcement additionally mentioned.

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