The meaning of what a PC is has changed over the years. From laptops, to 2-in-1s, to tablets with accessories. The ThinkPad X1 Fold, however, takes things to the next level with its folding screen.
We knew Lenovo was working on such a folding-screen laptop, as revealed back in May 2019, but didn't necessarily expect that to manifest as a ThinkPad product. The Fold shows every reason why that's the correct decision though.
First and foremost, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 13.3-inch OLED tablet. It doesn't have a keyboard attached - how could it, as it's foldable? - as this screen can fold in half down the middle, hence the keyboard/folio accessory coming separately in the box (it slots magnetically into the middle to charge and stow).
There's also a stylus included, to show-off the versatility of this product. There's even an optional stand, sold separately, so you can make the screen sit upright as if a desktop PC.
The Fold weighs under 1kg with its keyboard/folio attached, making it super light and portable, without compromising its position as a laptop-capable product: it's full Windows 10, features two USB-C ports, plus a SIM card slot for on-the-go connectivity (with 4G and 5G options).
Is it the future of portable computing? It's hard to know what to call the ThinkPad X1 Fold: it's not a laptop, per se, rather a multi-functional tablet with full PC capability. We'll be seeing one at CES 2020 and will be sure to bring you our early verdict.