Available for pre-order, the Lenovo X1 Fold is the first PC with a foldable display on the market and a new entry to Lenovo's premium ThinkPad X1 line. Hence, there will be certain expectations on the X1 Fold, given that it is sitting in the ThinkPad X1 line, which is known for high reliability and durability. Let's talk about what it has to offer.
1. Flexibile Design Built
The X1 Fold highlight would be the design built, featuring a foldable screen, which allows the user to use the product in three different modes - tablet, laptop, and book mode.
The overall build also feels sturdy on hand, and with the leather folio backing, it does feel premium. There is also a kickstand at the back, which is convenient when needed.
2. Foldable Display
The display comes in a 13.3-inch 2K OLED, 4:3 ratio with (2048 x 1536) resolution and 300 nits brightness. The exciting feature of the screen would be the foldable and seamless display. Equipped with the Lenovo Mode Switcher app, it can anticipate and accommodates the user's moves and give the user an option to split the screen into two or in full width of one large display.
On the side of the screen is a protruding rubber bezel that protects it. However, it is not the slimmest bezel in the market and maybe a little too thick in aesthetic terms. Over an extended period, the rubber may also peel off, which can be a concern. Another downside of having a thick rubber bezel is the screen sensitivity around it being less responsive unless using a stylus.
3. Mid-range Performance
The X1 Fold runs on an Intel Core i5-L167G processor 11th Gen, with integrated graphics, 8GB Ram, and a 256GB SSD (up to 1TB SSD) storage space, similar to most of the mid-range laptop performance. Great for any everyday usage and media consumption, but not recommended for heavy usage like video editing. It also has a 50Wh battery that theoretically provides up to 11 hours of battery life, depending on the use.
4. Additional Accessories
The Pen mods cost an additional S$90 and an approximate S$276 for the Fold mini keyboard. Although the Fold mini keyboard is smaller in size, it can be fitted perfectly on the device when folded, giving the user the convenience to travel around with it. Having said so, if the user has a preference and would prefer to use a larger keyboard, the X1 Fold can connect to any Bluetooth keyboard, including full-sized, and it has a digital keyboard for the user too.
All in all, the X1 Fold foldable PC is an exciting laptop that provides users the flexibility to use the product in three different modes. It has a premium feel, is compact to bring around despite being a 13.3-inch laptop, and has a decent mid-range performance.
However, excluding the accessories, the X1 Fold sits on the premium price point, with a starting price of S$3,759. It weighs 999g, similar to an ultrabook weight and heavier than a tablet, which is something to consider when purchasing, especially for users on the go. Also, as the first foldable PC, few apps are optimized to utilize the laptop in foldable mode. Hence, you may not experience the full convenience of what this product may have to offer currently.
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