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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Foldable Laptop (2020)

MSRP 2499 USDNEX score 68%

Product Overview

The ThinkPad X1 Fold is the industry's first foldable, single-screen 5G Always Connected PC (ACPC). Exceptionally compact once folded, the foldable OLED screen unfolds into a continuous 13.3-in viewing area with 4:3 aspect ratio.
Designed to offer unprecedented productivity, it will offer a ground-breaking new form factor that will reimagine mobile computing. As it morphs through multiple modes, from a small footprint device into a fully flat 13.3-inch display, X1 Fold will deliver laptop efficiency with smartphone portability.
Built from a combination of lightweight alloys and carbon fiber and covered in a luxurious leather folio cover, the X1 Fold will offer the durability and reliability users expect from any ThinkPad.
Unfolded, the X1 Fold is ideal for touch heavy content consumption with 13.3-inches of OLED display real estate and weighing less than 2.2 pounds (1kg). In a more familiar laptop orientation, users can leverage two independent displays to optimize efficiency during certain multitasking activities.
In the same generation of ThinkPad X1-series lineup, Lenovo also markets the X1 Extreme Gen 3, X1 Carbon Gen 8, X1 Nano, and the 2-in-1 X1 Yoga Gen 5.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Versatile foldable screen
  • Magnetic keyboard magnetically attaches to one half of the screen
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Keyboard not as comfortable to type on as other ThinkPads
  • Keyboard is not included

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Impressive foldable display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Unimpressive battery life
  • Lackluster performance
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB 3.2 Type C Gen 2 + 1x SIM
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
50Wh
Camera | Front
5MP HD RGB + IR camera
Microphone
4x microphones
Speakers
Dolby Atmos Speaker System

Dimensions

Size | Depth
236 mm
Size | Height
27.8 mm Folded / 11.5 mm Unfolded
Size | Width
158.2 mm Folded / 299.4 mm Unfolded
Weight
999 g

Display

Brightness
300 nits
Display Diagonal
13.3 inch
Display Type
Flexible OLED
Gamut
95% DCI-P3
Resolution
QXGA 2048x1536

Function

Audio
Dolby Atmos Speaker System
Graphics
Integrated Intel UHD 11th Gen Graphics
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows 10 X
Processor
Intel Core i5-L16G7 Processor with Intel Hybrid Technology
SIM
5G sub 6Ghz with 4G LTE (CAT20) coverage
Touch Screen
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
Up to 8.5 hours
Memory | Capacity
8 GB
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X 4267MHz
Power Supply
USB-C 65W
Storage
Up to 1TB PCIe-NVMe M.2 2242 SSD

Production

Accessory
Dock: ThinkPad USB-C Dock Gen 2 / Keyboard: Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard
Availability
2020-10
Debut
2020 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is a 13.3-inch plastic OLED monitor with some pretty thick bezels. The keyboard can attach to the bottom half of the screen with magnets, and you effectively get what is a normal laptop, with a relatively narrow top display. Lenovo is claiming a week of use before you'll have to recharge it at all.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable design
  • Good battery life
  • Plenty of ports
Cons
  • No dedicated GPU

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 13-inch OLED slate that can bend and fold into several different configurations. Lenovo calls it "dynamic and responsive," meaning that what you see on the screen can change with how the screen is folded or oriented. It will be available midyear, starting at $2,499.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Lots of customization options
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score 53%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is unique beyond just its form factor. It feels futuristic every time you unfold that screen, and it'll no doubt wow your friends. The processor inside is also a bit of an experiment. It's one of the first devices to be powered by Intel's Lakefield chips.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Foldable screen
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Poor battery life

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold will have two USB Type-C ports, one on the bottom and another on the edge of the top cover. There is also a SIM card slot so you can connect to your wireless carrier's 5G network. You can use the keyboard with the full 13.3-inch display or when the device is folded in half so that there are two 9.6-inch displays. There's something mesmerizing about holding an LG OLED panel.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Flexible 13.3-inch OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold has a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video conferencing. In less-than-ideal lighting, photos and videos look poor. Battery life, at 6 hours, is a major setback. Software quirks get in the way of productivity.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Excellent build quality
  • Stylus included
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Battery life could be better

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 49%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is an interesting concept, but neither the software nor the technology are ready for use. The distribution of content across the two halves of the screen is rather awkward. The small Bluetooth keyboard without a TrackPoint is also more of an emergency solution, and the tiny touchpad is quite disastrous in practice. It's not uncommon for a new device to have teething problems.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality aluminum case
  • High-resolution OLED display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No TrackPoint

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The X1 Fold falls short when it comes to computing performance, battery life, and the software required to take full advantage of its revolutionary screen. It's hard to recommend to anyone but the most enthusiastic of deep-pocketed early adopters. While the X1 is ultimately falls flat as a first try for foldable Windows tablets, it doesn't rule out the future.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive foldable display
  • Sleek design
  • Foldable keyboard
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • Lacks a second camera

t3[8]

Sentiment Score 48%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold folds into a 13.3-inch laptop screen. It has a 1.4GHz Lakefield i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. The screen has impressively flat lighting, because the OLED backlight is built into the display itself. It lasts 7 hours 34 minutes using the PC Mark 10 Video battery test.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Foldable screen
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
Lenovo's X1 Fold is a foldable PC designed for the business market. It has a 13.3in pOLED screen built out of multiple layers, with flexible plastic on top and foil and carbon fiber underneath. A small wireless keyboard with built-in trackpad is included as standard. It can be used away from the display for a desktop monitor setup, or can magnetically attach to one half of the screen for a traditional tablet form factor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable screen
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No discrete GPU

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is a foldable laptop with a leather cover. Lenovo is positioning it as a device for professionals and executives on the go. The screen displays content at 4:3 aspect ratio, which could be weird for all sorts of use cases. There will be no haptic feedback in this product for touch typing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Foldable design
  • Plenty of ports
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • No haptic feedback
  • No keyboard

techradar[11]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Intel Core i5 Lakefield SoC is a new hybrid architecture from Intel meant to shrink the size of their chips for use in mobile devices and ultra-ultra-thin laptops. The X1 Fold put up some of the lowest benchmark scores we've seen all year, confirming Lakefield's surprisingly poor performance – even when compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx in the Flex 5G. Lenovo's Vantage software is able to split the screen depending on whether the Fold is fully open or slightly folded, giving you two windows to work with when the device is folded.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Flex 5G connectivity
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

theverge[12]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The X1 Fold is a spectacular device in a lot of ways. It's good at the one thing it's advertised for (folding) It's beautiful, both to look at and to use. And the form factor is useful. I would love to own a tablet like this.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Foldable keyboard and touchpad
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Touchpad isn’t the best
  • Touchpad is useless

tomsguide[13]

Sentiment Score 54%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold looks and feels exactly like the laptop that a villain would have in a futuristic Sci-Fi movie. Lenovo's not waiting for the modular Windows 10X that's coming, which could have made it easier for them to make such a unique tablet. There's a lot about this device that doesn't work in a way a $2,499 price tag would suggest.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Foldable keyboard
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • Unimpressive battery life

tomshardware[14]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold has no junk at all, not even the usual bloat that comes with Windows 10. Most of the hard work is handled by Lenovo Mode Switcher, which recognizes which way your device is aligned. Windows Hello is needed, and Lenovo deserves credit for getting it to work this much.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim and light
  • Foldable design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Windows 10X is still a work in progress
  • No keyboard or stylus included

trustedreviews[15]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is the best ‘foldable PC’ I’ve seen yet. It has a lovely leather design and impressive specs accompanying the versatile form factor. But while the bendy OLED technology is exciting and brimming with versatile potential, I'm not convinced it’s worth the incredibly steep $2499 starting price.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Foldy OLED screen
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Windows 10X not available until late 2020

User Reviews

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