Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Hands-on: Big Upgrades, Inside and Out | Engadget

As the first laptop to feature a flexible OLED display, the original ThinkPad X1 Fold was incredibly ambitious. It was also very experimental. While the concept showed potential, its software, performance, and design were clearly not ready in prime time. But almost two years later, Lenovo is back with a second try, making some serious generational leaps.

The first major upgrade on the new X1 Fold is Sharp’s larger 16.3-inch OLED display. Not only does it feature a slightly higher 2.5K resolution, but the larger size also means you have significantly more screen space. But more importantly, when folded, you now get a device closer to a 12-inch laptop rather than a 10-inch system like the previous model. This should make the X1 Fold a lot more practical any time space is an issue, like when you’re working on an airplane without feeling cramped.

Furthermore, Lenovo has redesigned the X1 Fold’s Bluetooth keyboard. It now uses the same keys as the ThinkPad X1 Nano, so you get longer and easier operation, and it also has a new fingerprint sensor that works with Windows Hello. And while you can still fit the keyboard on top of the bottom half of the fold in laptop mode, it also magnetically attaches to the base of the system when resting on the included stand, which supports both landscape and portrait orientations.

Another big change is that instead of storing the keyboard inside the fold, it attaches magnetically to the stand becoming one piece that’s easy to manage. So when you need to pack up, all you have to do is tilt the mount forward so it attaches to the keyboard, fold the fold in half, and slam everything together. Lenovo says this change was made in response to feedback from customers who prefer to use the system more like a portable All-In-One rather than a convertible laptop. And since there’s no space inside the system for the keyboard anymore, Lenovo managed to install a new folding hinge, so everything became sleeker and more compact. It’s as if the X1 Fold has spent the past two years going to the gym and wearing a new, tailored suit.

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For the new generation, Lenovo also wanted to improve the Fold’s serviceability, so it’s easier to replace things like SSDs, batteries, and other components in the field. Unfortunately, the X1 Fold is still not waterproof, but it should still be pretty durable, as the foldable still goes through the same specs 810G test on other ThinkPads. And despite having a much larger screen than before, the new X1 Fold weighs just about 2.8 pounds, though you’re looking at a set closer to 4.2 pounds when you consider the revamped stand and keyboard.

I also appreciate some of Lenovo’s little touches, like adding a third USB-C port (two of which support Thunderbolt 4) and an improved location for the Fold’s 5MP IR webcam, so it’s even more useful. Lenovo has also added a third speaker so that no matter the orientation, you can still get full stereo sound with Dolby Atmos support.

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In terms of performance, we’re looking at a serious jump in processing power, with foldable support for up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 U-series CPU, 32GB of RAM, and 1GB of SSD. terabytes, while still featuring a completely fanless design. For those worried about the previous model’s short battery life, Lenovo made room for an optional 16Wh power cell to supplement the standard 48Wh battery. And since Windows 11 has much better support for different layouts and snap windows than Windows 10, in my short time with the new X1 Fold, everything looked much smoother and more responsive.

So while I have to mention that this is still a pre-production device, I really like what I’ve seen so far from the new X1 Fold. But to get a real idea of ​​how this thing escalates, we’ll have to wait a little longer for it to continue sometime in the fourth quarter of the year starting at around $2800.

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