Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is powered by Intel's Core i5-L16G7 CPU based on the Lakefield architecture. It is one of the "hybrid" processors for thin and light devices and is designed to be efficient.

It is now a rarity that a completely new device concept is introduced in the cell phone sector. According to Lenovo, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is the world’s first notebook with a foldable display. However, if you look at the device, you could definitely classify it as a convertible. However, those who want to use the X1 Fold with its foldable OLED display will have to dig into their wallet. The cheapest campus versions start at around $2,739.63, while normal customers have to shell out a bit more than $2837.48.

However, you should not expect great performance for this, because Lenovo relies on a power-saving Intel Lakefield processor in combination with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB PCIe-SSD. A small Bluetooth keyboard, an active stylus and an optional 5G module are also included. For mobile use including stylus, the “Normal” is convertible with the dockable keyboard.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad range of laptops is known for its design and durability, and the X1 Fold continues this tradition. It is cleverly designed and well crafted to stand out from the crowd. When folded, the ThinkPad X1 Fold has the appearance of an organizer with a black leather cover with a textured finish.

Design

The X1 Fold’s design immediately stands out for its practicality. The ThinkPad-branded device from Lenovo is small and convenient to take along when folded, taking up about the same amount of space as a little laptop. This contrasts with Asus’ large folding OLED tablet. Its recyclable exterior layers give it a tactile feel that makes it enjoyable to touch, and the fact that the additional (optional) keyboard and stand can be attached magnetically means that it can be stowed within almost any bag.

When folded, it almost resembles carrying a real notebook. However, when you open it up, you’ll find a 16-inch display with auto-rotation that allows you to use the gadget in either portrait or landscape mode. You can also fold the display at an angle and attach a keyboard to the bottom half of the screen to use it as a miniature laptop.

Therefore, adaptability is the essential word here. There’s no doubting the pragmatism of attempting to provide the advantages of a huge screen, but in a device that shrinks in size for simple carrying. It doesn’t quite have that same clean, sophisticated style and design you’d find in an Ultrabook. The form factor is almost as small as Lenovo could make it because it shuts nearly flush when closed, leaving no significant gap.

Display

The X1 Fold’s display is an integral aspect of its design due to its form factor and open/close nature, but it has also been created to try and provide a truly pleasant viewing experience. A really rich color spectrum, intense black levels, great contrast, and good peak brightness are all characteristics of OLED panels. With only a brief hands-on time, it is difficult to judge the display’s quality, although the colors did seem to stand out.

The flexible plastic surface that covers the display panel is highly reflective, so any strong light sources nearby could reflect very noticeably on the display. This is the only thing that worries us about seeing it in the flesh. However, as was already noted, the most important factors are the display’s adaptability and functionality.

A typical laptop computer does not have the capability of rotating the display so that it can be used, for example, to produce a text document and then rotated horizontally for media consumption. A large 16-inch computer is also typically too big to fit within a compact bag. Other benefits include having the screen split when held like a book or being able to use the touchscreen keyboard while holding the device at an angle. There are plenty of input choices thanks to this, the optional keyboard, and the touchscreen. It also allows pen input.

Keyboard, Touchpad, and Pen

The Lenovo Fold Mini Keyboard is an optional attachment that comes with various entertaining innovations: It can be utilized wirelessly with Bluetooth connectivity by being magnetically fastened to the X1 Fold when the display is folded into an L shape to resemble a small clamshell computer. And when the Fold is closed, it charges while still attached to the display or, if necessary, via micro-USB. The fun stops there, though. The Fold Mini Keyboard is indeed small. too little. It is almost unusable because it is so small.

It is significantly smaller than the nearly full-sized keyboard on the ThinkPad X1 Nano, as well as any other high-end portable PC keyboard. It reminds me of a Netbook keyboard from fifteen years ago. Additionally, there is no TrackPoint pointing system. Instead, owners of the Fold who choose the Mini Keyboard must make do with a tiny touchpad. The whole gamut of Windows 10 multitouch gestures are natively supported by the precision touchpad, which is at least something.

This is the only component of the puzzle that is full-sized when it comes to the Mod Pen: It has tapered sides so it won’t roll off a table and is roughly the size of a Surface Pen, but it’s black. Additionally, there are two barrel buttons, a pen loop, and a removable cap that allow for USB-C charging.

Connectivity

The Connectivity is modern, with Intel Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, and there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem option for the 4G/LTE/5G connectivity. The Fold does not automatically switch to this mode when you disconnect the keyboard, as it does on Surface Books. And of course, Windows 10 doesn’t have any unique features that take advantage of the dual-screen setup; Microsoft is working on an OS optimized for dual-screen hardware, but we don’t expect it to be released until next spring.

Software

You can choose between Windows 10 Home or Pro when purchasing the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold. It also comes with a very small number of useful apps, such as Commercial Vantage (drivers), Dolby Access, Glance by Mira Metrix, Lenovo Camera Settings, Lenovo Display Optimizer, Lenovo Pen Settings, and Lenovo Voice. Nothing offensive.

Hardware and Performance

In any hands-on experience, we can’t truly get a sense of how a laptop or PC would operate on a daily basis. But it appears that the X1 Fold has everything it requires to deliver a responsive, effective experience

It is equipped with Intel’s Iris X graphics and the newest 12th Intel Core processor, customizable up to Core i7. For extra memory, you may get up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It has two Thunderbolt 4 compatible USB-C 3.2 ports, which will allow for quick data transfers and display output.

Audio and Video

In each configuration, the X1 Fold offers stereo sound and Dolby Atmos immersive audio capabilities, albeit the quality varies. The audio/video experience is fairly pleasant when the Fold is opened like a huge tablet and utilizing its built-in kickstand, but we discovered that we had to manually designate whatever type of content we are using using the accompanying Dolby Access software.

But in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we was able to become lost in a space war scene, which is a good sign. The video is obviously much smaller and less theatrical in clamshell mode, but it still has excellent visual quality and, as far as we could tell, similar sound. In a congested coach seat on a flight, you might do worse.

Battery Life

Lenovo installed a 50 Wh battery, but it did not provide good run times in our test scenarios. Once again, content is a deciding factor. In our Wi-Fi test (lots of pictures and bright backgrounds), we got only about 5 hours (150 cd/m² and maximum brightness); during video playback (150 cd/m²), it is just under 6 hours. These are not good percentages, especially for such a mobile device.

Conclusion

The new ThinkPad X1 Fold’s concept is undeniably appealing: Use it as a tablet, laptop, or a book when folded for versatility. In use, the crease is invisible thanks to the (thick) magnesium alloy case’s extremely sturdy appearance and the folding mechanism. however, ends here. The components’ performance is not exceptional, and the touchscreen’s high gliding resistance makes it difficult to use with either fingers or a stylus.

The little touchpad is actually pretty awful in use, and the small Bluetooth keyboard without a TrackPoint is more of an emergency measure. But the weak software support is a problem. It’s very uncomfortable how the content is split across the two parts of the screen, and it’s obvious that Windows wasn’t made for such gadgets. Additionally, the battery life is only 5 to 6 hours.

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Given the form factor and open/closed nature of the X1 Fold, the display is an intrinsic part of its design, but it has also been developed in a way that tries to provide a really good viewing experience. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review