Lenovo launched the first foldable PC in 2020, wowing the tech industry with its foldable screen that let you use the device as both a tablet and a laptop
Now in 2022, Lenovo has announced that it’s launching a new iteration of the foldable device: the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold (2022). But what kind of upgrades can you expect from the foldale successor?
The screen is much bigger
One of the biggest issues with the previous Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold was its small 13.3-inch screen size. It’s not problematic when using a tablet, but was far too compact when folded up to mimic the shape of a laptop.
Lenovo fixes this problem with the new model, increasing the size to 16.3 inches. Lenovo claims it will have a 12-inch screen when folded, which is a much better size than the previous model. The folded 12-inch screen might still be a little small compared to the likes of the MacBook Air, but it’s still perfectly usable, as the 12-inch Surface Laptop Go 2 display shows.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is still smaller than the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED (which has a 17-inch screen), but you could argue that the Lenovo is a better size for use as a tablet.
Lenovo decided it needed to cut the fat in order to improve the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold. The original model was rather chunky, reaching 11.5mm unfolded and 27.8mm folded.
The second generation of the foldable laptop measures just 8.6mm unfolded and 17.4mm folded. It’s a massive improvement, which should make it easier to hold the device and insert it into a bag.
The new version will be heavier though, hitting the scales at 1.28kg as opposed to the original’s 999g weight. But that’s no surprise since the new model has a bigger screen. In fact, it’s impressive that Lenovo was able to keep the weight down despite adding 4 inches to the screen size.
The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold features a 12th Gen Intel Core processor, available in i5 and i7 versions. You can also configure it with up to 32GB of RAM, which gives it impressive performance on paper.
The original model of the foldable featured a now-obsolete Intel Core i5-L16G7 processor. Even in 2020, the ThinkPad struggled to deliver competitive performance, so we’d expect the new 12th Gen chips to deliver significantly faster speeds.
It’s important to remember that there’s no discrete GPU in the foldable, so don’t expect the new device to be able to edit photos and videos at decent speeds.
The fingerprint sensor has become a popular feature on laptops, allowing you to log in without having to remember a password. The original Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold didn’t have this feature, but Lenovo made sure to include it this time around.
Not only is there a fingerprint sensor located in the keyboard, but the webcam also supports Windows Hello for facial recognition logins. The added security features will no doubt appeal to those who use their laptop on the go and work with sensitive information.
Speaking of features, the new model also retains 5G support, allowing you to use a SIM card for on-the-go connectivity.
Will work on Windows 11
The previous model came with Windows 10, which wasn’t the most touch-friendly operating system. Microsoft has made some improvements to Windows to improve the experience. Icons and menus are now slightly larger, while the taskbar is also more intuitive for tablets.
Windows 11 still pales in comparison to Android and iPadOS in this regard, but it’s a step in the right direction. You can of course upgrade to Windows 11 with the 2020 model, but it’s still good to know that the 2022 edition will come with the software pre-installed.