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Old 14-05-19, 09:04 PM
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Lenovo reveals the "World's First Foldable PC"

Is this a laptop, a tablet or both?



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Old 14-05-19, 09:59 PM
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So is a keyboard less PC a PC or a tablet?
It's a tablet..
It's also useless. It's double the screen area and it's quadruple the chance of it breaking from wear and drops.
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Old 14-05-19, 11:55 PM
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So is a keyboard less PC a PC or a tablet?
It's a tablet..
It's also useless. It's double the screen area and it's quadruple the chance of it breaking from wear and drops.
If you set it up in the right way the bottom will turn into a keyboard. The point is that is it highly configurable. Seems like a very handy piece of kit.
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Only watched the video, figured it would have everything you said, it did not.
Still, a touch keyboard is not something that works well on laptops from experience. Even though this is in a better placement at the bottom, it's still not the same as a keyboard. It might be totally fine but until using it I wager it wouldn't be that great for extended periods of time.
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Old 15-05-19, 06:01 AM
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Only watched the video, figured it would have everything you said, it did not.
Still, a touch keyboard is not something that works well on laptops from experience. Even though this is in a better placement at the bottom, it's still not the same as a keyboard. It might be totally fine but until using it I wager it wouldn't be that great for extended periods of time.
The haptics are simply missing. This seems like a small point, but typing without haptics is very hard.


It looks kinda cool, but they'll also have to cram a better battery in there to support the bigger screen.
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Old 15-05-19, 06:31 AM
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The haptics are simply missing. This seems like a small point, but typing without haptics is very hard.


It looks kinda cool, but they'll also have to cram a better battery in there to support the bigger screen.
Ah yes that's what it is! Haptics really do make a difference. That and my fat thumbs always touch multiple keys on a touch screen, though it shouldn't be a problem for a screen this large.
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Old 15-05-19, 09:46 AM
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Only watched the video, figured it would have everything you said, it did not.
Still, a touch keyboard is not something that works well on laptops from experience. Even though this is in a better placement at the bottom, it's still not the same as a keyboard. It might be totally fine but until using it I wager it wouldn't be that great for extended periods of time.
I agree, touch keyboards are not ideal. Still, this thing and a small Bluetooth keyboard will be easier to pack up and transport than any 13-inch laptop. Tablet-like usage would also be a huge plus when the laptop isn't being used for work purposes (IE, when I don't need a good keyboard etc).

It's the versatility that sells me on this product, though I have no doubt that the pricing will quickly unsell it when it launches in 2020.

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It looks kinda cool, but they'll also have to cram a better battery in there to support the bigger screen.
Yeah. My guess is that this is where Intel is trying to push with their new low power initiatives. Shove a U-series 10nm chip in there and things should be good on the power side. Intel needs to destroy Windows 10 on ARM, and devices like this will help do that.
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My concern with this is the same as the folding phones. What is the expected lifespan of the screen after x amount of folds? Can't see these lasting a long time
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My concern with this is the same as the folding phones. What is the expected lifespan of the screen after x amount of folds? Can't see these lasting a long time
I have heard that Lenovo plans to test these to the same standards as their normal laptops, IE, the same number of folds. So if it can last as long as a normal laptop's hinge it should be fine for most users.
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Yeah I think the fact they're using a brand world renowned for no-nonsense reliability in the business world to release this product is a massive statement on their part. Possibly a foolish one if the tech isn't there yet, but there are lots of ways they can mitigate the risks with a laptop design vs the phone ones, recessing the screen a little could allow them to significantly reduce the bend radius at the fold for instance, which in turn would allow a thicker protective layer too, while the hinge should be more durable and there should be less risk of dirt getting in the folds.
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