THE FUTURE IS FOLDABLE
Laptop tech gets bent
Laptops are leveling up thanks to foldable display technology. These new foldable and flexible screens offer increased ease and deeper engagement with content, ultimately facilitating a more immersive user experience. Check out the following brands that are pioneering this tech below.
Intel recently debuted the Horseshoe Bend, a premium laptop PC prototype that boasts a very large screen. The prototype feels like two products in one, as the Horseshoe Bend is able to transform from a small-screen laptop into a tablet that boasts a screen from its top through to the bottom of where its keyboard is. Consumers will surely appreciate the PC’s ability to go from mega- to mini-sized, measuring at 17.3 inches diagonally when the screen is fully unfolded, and 12.5-inches when an external physical keyboard is snapped on. (Users can type or use a pen on the OLED touchscreen.) If PC makers see potential, this product could reach store shelves by 2021.
Dell is also getting into the innovative screen scene, with two new PC prototypes known as Concept Ori and Concept Duet, which Dell debuted at this year’s CES. The Duet features two dual screens (13.3 inches each) that merge to make one large piece of hardware. The Ori, on the other hand, has a single 13.4 inch screen that folds in on itself. For now, these prototypes are mere experiments—but they could be ready for production at any time.
Crafted over the course of the last four years, the new ThinkPad X1 by Lenovo is one of the sleekest foldable screen offerings yet—and indeed, the only one featured in this Daily that is ready for production. Lenovo worked alongside LG Display to perfect the device’s design and durability. With its large and luxurious 14-inch screen display, this could be one of the first foldable screen devices to go mainstream. The ThinkPad X1 comes with an external keyboard accessory, is priced at $2,499, and was slated to begin shipping to consumers this summer.