Lenovo’s technological life | The IFA event showcased many new and upcoming products, including the ThinkPad X1 Fold. This was my personal favorite of what was shown off, as its amazing 16.3-inch (2024×2560) large OLED screen displayed brilliantly in all its 600nit HDR glory.
When unfolded, you can attach a magnetic keyboard to the bottom for all your typing needs, and when it needs to be carried, it can fold into a 12-inch screen with the same keyboard magnetically attached to the bottom. There is also a stand that is used to support the tablet when using it, and like the keyboard, it can be magnetically attached to the bottom when carrying it.
The specs are amazing for a tablet with up to Intel vPro with 12th Gen Intel Core U9 i5 and i7, up to 32GB LPDDR5 memory and up to 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD. It uses the Iris Xe Graphics mobile GPU, but as this is for business and not gaming, it’s essentially not an issue. Inside the chassis and on top of the battery is a graphite plate entwined with copper, which dissipates the heat released by said batteries. This allows for a fanless design under the hood that keeps the tablet slim while keeping it cool.
Inside the chassis and on top of the battery is a graphite plate entwined with copper, which dissipates the heat released by said batteries. This allows for a fanless design under the hood that keeps the tablet slim while keeping it cool.
It has a very good port selection for a tablet with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 and a Nano-SIM card tray. It also supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, as well as a three-speaker system. This tablet is absolutely ripped off.
The most impressive part of the X1 Fold is how the fold itself works. Unlike Galaxy Fold phones, there is no crease when the tablet is fully unfolded as the hinge is built into the tablet’s chassis but not directly connected to the display. The display is flexible enough to bend with the hinge, but it doesn’t have to become one.
And the fold isn’t just for portability, but it lets you fold the tablet in half and then attach the keyboard to the bottom half while using the top half as a 12-inch screen. The 16-inch full screen can also be used as a split screen with four separate tasks in each.
The ThinkPad X1 Fold will cost $2,499 (about £2,152 / AU$3,652) and is due for release in November 2022.