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  • - Foldable phones had a pretty rough 2019.

  • The Galaxy Fold was a bust on launch,

  • and pretty much everything else got delayed.

  • But at CES 2020,

  • we're seeing foldable PCs actually have a bit of a moment.

  • We've already seen enough to make us think

  • that maybe 2020 is the year of the foldable PC.

  • (pleasant music)

  • I think the most important example is Intel's

  • Horseshoe Bend concept.

  • Now, Intel doesn't sell PCs itself.

  • But it often makes reference designs

  • to try to help define categories,

  • like Ultrabooks or two in ones.

  • This Horseshoe Bend device

  • has a 17-inch foldable OLED display.

  • And Intel says its new Tiger Lake processor

  • lets it be just 7 millimeters thick,

  • and still get solid battery life.

  • You can open it out to a full 17-inch display,

  • or fold it like a normal-sized laptop

  • with touchscreen keys on the bottom.

  • It is just a concept,

  • but the fact that intel is making it at all

  • suggests that it expects its partners

  • to produce similar devices, because,

  • that's what this Intel chip is designed for.

  • (chilled electronic music)

  • Major PC companies are also presenting their own concepts.

  • Dell has two, one called the Concept Ori,

  • and another called the Concept Duet.

  • Ori means fold in Japanese,

  • so that's the one with the legit folding OLED screen.

  • It's 13 inches, so it's like having a big tablet

  • or a tiny laptop.

  • The Duet, as you might have guessed,

  • just has two separate screens with a hinge in the middle.

  • Dell didn't say anything about specs

  • other than the screen resolution,

  • so don't expect any devices like this

  • to go on sale any time soon.

  • In terms of actual shipping devices,

  • there's really only one, it's Lenovo's Thinkpad X1 Fold.

  • It's similar to Dell's Concept Ori in size, and design.

  • It has 13-inch screen, and it can be folded the same way.

  • There's a magnetic keyboard

  • that clips onto the bottom half of the screen

  • when you fold it.

  • And that also fills in the gap

  • in the hinge when it's closed.

  • The design is pretty nice,

  • with a leather cover

  • that slides along the back when you fold it,

  • and, it's not just a concept,

  • Lenovo says it'll actually go on sale

  • in the middle of the year.

  • We even have basic specs, there's an Intel processor,

  • eight gigabytes of RAM, and up to a terabyte of storage.

  • Prices start at $2,499 though,

  • so don't expect devices like this

  • to be affordable for a while.

  • (twinkling electronic music)

  • All of these devices

  • might not actually be all that usable either,

  • they're all running regular Windows 10,

  • which just really isn't designed for this kind of screen.

  • The manufacturers have to add customization

  • so you can do things like,

  • pin different apps to different areas of the screen,

  • and not everything works in every orientation,

  • and it's all just a little bit awkward.

  • Intel and Lenovo both told me

  • they'd work on Windows 10X devices later,

  • which is Microsoft's upcoming version of Windows,

  • aimed at folding and dual screens like the Surface Neo.

  • But there's no word on when that'll actually arrive.

  • Until then, these are gonna be super early adopter products.

  • They'll cost a lot, and probably be pretty janky.

  • But hey, isn't that what CES is all about?

  • Everything at this show is impractical,

  • until it isn't a few years later.

  • And, with giants like Intel, Dell and Lenovo on board,

  • it feels likely that foldable PCs

  • will be commonplace soon enough.

  • (electronic pulse) But hey, I've been wondering,

  • if you actually had one of these foldable PCs,

  • how would you use it, which direction would you hold it in?

  • (Camera operator laughs) I would wear it like a hat.

  • Like a...

  • (both laugh)

- Foldable phones had a pretty rough 2019.

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The future of foldable PCs at CES 2020

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    林宜悉   posted on 2020/10/23
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