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However, Windows 10X is still a ways away, so the Lenovo X1 Fold has a lot to prove if it is indeed going to be the first foldable laptop on the market. However, the device is hopefully a sign of things to come from a PC industry that has been lacking in both excitement and innovation for far too long.
In fact, new flexible-screen devices are learning from the struggles of first-movers like the original Galaxy Fold phone. Lenovo calls it "dynamic and responsive," meaning that what you see on the screen can change with how the screen is folded or oriented. And so far that confidence seems well placed. The X1 Fold looks slick and feels slicker from a hardware perspective, leaving us only with a few concerns about how well Windows 10 Pro will handle the new form factor - and how long buyers might have to wait for 10X to come along and make it right.
Not everyone will need one; not everyone will want one. But every new technology has to start somewhere, and the X1 Fold seems like a promising debut. The slight crease to the centre. The small-scale design not being reflective of a usual laptop experience.
We can also confirm this, but interestingly, AdobeRGB is also almost completely covered, and the values compared to the AdobeRGB reference color space are also better in our measurements. With our calibration profile available for download above , we get the color tint under control, but the high color deviations are still present. Therefore, the panel is only suitable for image-editing to a limited extent. The frequency of Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.
If PWM was detected, an average of minimum: 5 - maximum: Hz was measured. As we have already noted, the touchscreen is extremely reflective, and the OLED panel is not particularly bright either. Annoying reflections can already occur indoors, but the device is hardly usable in bright outdoor areas.
On the other hand, the viewing-angle stability is excellent. However, the bottleneck of this system is clearly the Lakefield processor, Intel's hybrid solution for mobile devices. This hybrid chip, with which we are already familiar from Samsung's Galaxy Book S , consists of four slow and efficient cores and one fast core, which we've also seen in the mobile Ice Lake CPUs. Again, performance is sufficient for simple applications, but there isn't much headroom. One thread can be processed per core, and Windows automatically decides how the load is distributed.
Lenovo sets the TDP limits to 9. Performance is stable and identical to the Samsung Galaxy Book S with the same processor, but it's very low even compared to two-year-old mobile processors. Therefore, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is not suitable for demanding tasks. Performance is sufficient for simple tasks, even if there aren't many resources.
Furthermore, there are definitely delays before the system responds to inputs. In practice, however, the X1 Fold clearly fails because of its software, and it's simply not fun to use the device. Lenovo has installed an additional program called App Switcher, which allows you to distribute content between the two halves of the screen, but this is all very cumbersome and complicated in practice.
At this point, you can easily notice that Windows 10 was not designed to be used with touchscreens and even less with foldable devices. You can also use the device like a "normal" laptop, in which case content is only displayed on the upper half of the screen. However, the screen is pretty small here.
Together with the sluggish reactions of the touchscreen and the poor keyboard including the tiny touchpad, the user experience is consequently much worse than with conventional convertibles such as the ThinkPad X Lenovo installs a compact M. But this isn't a big problem considering the convertible's orientation; the reduced bandwidth doesn't lead to bottlenecks in this case.
However, we can't determine the exact GPU clock speed. The iGPU is sufficient for normal tasks, which also includes playing high-resolution videos. Nevertheless, you shouldn't expect much more performance. The graphics performance is not reduced on battery power. As a result, gaming performance is limited, and the hybrid processor can also lead to further shortcomings. If you absolutely want to play games, you will have to limit yourself to less demanding titles or to simple games from the Windows Store.
Lenovo does install a fan, but most users should only hear it when it kicks in briefly during startup. It's off most of the time when the laptop is in use. In our test, it took five minutes of maximum CPU load for the fan to activate. And even then, the quiet noise is only audible in a very still environment. There are no other electronic noises. The device heats up primarily on the left side, where the important components are located.
The surface temperatures are already slightly elevated here during idle use. The back side feels a bit more comfortable anyway due to the leather cover. In the stress test, the processor has to reduce its power consumption from 9. The two speakers are located at the top and bottom of the tablet's left side.
Consequently, if you use the device in landscape mode and place it on a table, one of the two speakers is blocked, and sound only comes from the left side. The optimal result is only achieved when the device is used in portrait mode and one side is folded up, i.
The overall quality of the two modules isn't bad at all, though. By the way, there's no audio output, so headphones have to be connected via Bluetooth. The power consumption of the X1 Fold is largely determined by the OLED display and the type of content that is viewed.
The convertible requires much less power with dark content, and even changes in brightness don't play a major role. This is why the Windows color scheme is set to dark by default. The difference between maximum and minimum brightness using the default background image, which is rather dark, is less than 1 watt, for example.
However, if you choose a bright background, power consumption jumps from just under 8 watts to around 15 watts at maximum brightness. During the stress test, the maximum power consumption reached is watts, so the included watt power adapter is perfectly sufficient. Lenovo installs a 50 Wh battery, but it doesn't provide good runtimes in our test scenarios. Again, content is a decisive factor.
These aren't good rates, especially for a device that is so mobile. The concept of the new ThinkPad X1 Fold certainly has its charm: Versatile use as a tablet, laptop, or folded as a book. Both the thick magnesium alloy case and the folding mechanism leave a very stable impression, and you can't see the crease in practice.
However, the good news stop at this point. The components' performance especially of the Lakefield processor is not particularly high, and the touchscreen doesn't always respond perfectly to inputs high gliding resistance , be it with fingers or the stylus. The small Bluetooth keyboard without a TrackPoint is also more of an emergency solution, and the tiny touchpad is quite disastrous in practice. The biggest problem, however, is the poor software support.
The distribution of content across the two halves of the screen is rather awkward, and you can easily tell that Windows wasn't designed for such devices. Battery life is also quite short at hours. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is an interesting concept, but neither the technology nor the software are ready for a foldable convertible.
In practice, the X1 Fold is simply not fun to use, and there are too many problems to justify the high purchase price. It's not uncommon for a completely new device to have teething problems, but with the X1 Fold, problems predominate, and it simply can't provide a good user experience. Especially in view of the high price, there's a lot of potential for frustration, and currently, you're simply much better off with a "normal" convertible.
In addition, Lenovo offers several other configurations. Foldable OLED tablet. However, it has to deal with many limitations in everyday use. We want to find out whether the X1 Fold justifies the high price or whether you should rather avoid the technology experiment. Intel Core i5-L16G7 5 x 1. Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section.
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications. You can see the crease when the display is off. The touchscreen is extremely susceptible to fingerprints. Right: Volume rocker, power button. Top: Speaker grill.
Input devices and handling. Touchscreen and stylus. Subpixel grid. AdobeRGB: In sunlight. Viewing-angle stability. Performance - The X1 Fold fails mainly due to its software. System performance. With the App Switcher, content can be distributed between the two halves of the screen. The X1 Fold can also be used as a "normal" laptop, but only with half the display size in that case.
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Fold it like a book. Lay it flat for a gorgeous ” OLED display. Engineered to power twice the screen, Intel® Core™ i5 processors with Intel hybrid. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold features a seamless folding OLED screen. Use it as a laptop with keyboard and pen, or use it like a book, with inch single. 1 - The world's first folding " OLED display delivers a wide color range, high contrast & brightness, & low power consumption · 2 - Narrow black bezel frames.