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  • - Last year Lenovo showed us a prototype

  • of a totally new type of PC.

  • A full on Windows 10 computer with a foldable OLED display.

  • Now it's CES 2020,

  • the company is telling us what the final shipping version

  • of that product,

  • it's called the ThinkPad X1 Fold.

  • So the hardware hasn't changed that much from before,

  • there's still a 13-inch OLED screen that folds,

  • there's still a wireless keyboard

  • that come with the whole package,

  • and it still looks kinda like a leather-bound book

  • when you fold it up.

  • What has changed,

  • is Lenovo's work on the software side of things.

  • Now the X1 Fold runs regular Windows 10

  • which really isn't designed

  • for these kinds of foldable screens.

  • So Lenovo has had to

  • give you the ability to, for example,

  • pin certain apps on different sides of the screen,

  • and there's a little icon in the taskbar

  • that you can click to do this.

  • If you use the device in portrait mode when it's unfolded

  • you can click the same icon and that gives you the option to

  • bring up an on-screen keyboard,

  • and then if you fold the laptop on top of each other

  • it's like you have a mini laptop

  • with a touchscreen keyboard.

  • Or you can use the wireless-Bluetooth keyboard,

  • put it on top of the onscreen keyboard

  • and then you have a miniature laptop

  • with little keys.

  • Alternatively you can unfold the laptop to its full screen,

  • and use the kickstand on the back,

  • and use the keyboard wirelessly.

  • There's also a separate stand

  • that'll ship a little bit later,

  • that holds the monitor up like an easel,

  • and you can use the Bluetooth keyboard below it.

  • Lenovo is also planning a version of the device

  • runs Windows 10X

  • which might actually be a better fit.

  • That's the version of Windows that Microsoft is working on,

  • and it's designed specifically for dual-screen devices,

  • and foldable devices.

  • Microsoft has it's own Surface Neo coming up this year

  • which runs Windows 10X.

  • So that might be a better fit for the X1 Fold.

  • The only problem is

  • it's not going to ship until after the Windows 10 version.

  • So the X1 Fold screen is being made by LG Display.

  • The two companies say they've been working on this product

  • for more than four years together,

  • and Lenovo is really confident

  • about the product's durability in particular.

  • They spent a lot of time

  • showing us all the complicated components

  • that go into the hinge design.

  • Obviously there have been some pretty high profile failures

  • in this product category already,

  • so there's a reason to be skeptical,

  • but you know the company is confident in its design.

  • There's some neat touches too,

  • there's a slight crease in the display

  • when you fold it open,

  • but it's not super visible,

  • and although there's a gap when you fold it together,

  • between the two sections of the screen

  • that actually gets filled up by the keyboard

  • which is kind of a nice touch.

  • In terms of specs,

  • the X1 Fold is using a new type of processor from Intel,

  • but we can't go into detail on yet.

  • Otherwise there's 8 gigabytes of RAM,

  • up to a terabyte of SSD storage,

  • and Lenovo is claiming up to 11 hours of battery life.

  • So overall this is looking like a pretty cool,

  • pretty experimental device,

  • but (laughs) the problem with experimental tech products

  • is that companies charge money for them,

  • and this one is gonna cost quite a lot.

  • Lenovo is shipping it in the middle of this year

  • for around $2,500.

  • Which is a lot of money for any kind of laptop, or tablet,

  • especially one that you know,

  • has potential questions about durability

  • and so on surrounding it.

  • That said, we are super looking forward

  • to spending a lot more time with it,

  • and hopefully we should be able to do so

  • towards the middle of the year.

  • So yeah, this is just one of many weird and wacky

  • PC concepts we're gonna see this week.

  • So stayed tuned to the The Verge's YouTube channel

  • all throughout CES 2020,

  • and subscribe to us.

  • That's youtube.com/theverge

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