Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2 teased with a refined design and even a TrackPoint
Lenovo has offered the briefest of looks at a next-generation foldable laptop. While the company has not shared many details yet, its 44-second teaser video appears to show a second-generation ThinkPad X1 Fold, as well as its detachable keyboard. Based on the embedded video, Lenovo has made several changes from the original ThinkPad X1 Fold that we reviewed in March 2021.
To recap, the ThinkPad X1 Fold is one of the only devices that launched with Intel's short-lived Lakefield architecture. Discontinued a year after their launch, Intel Lakefield processors like the Core i5-L16G7 were slow and fell short of older laptop alternatives from Intel's Whiskey Lake architecture. Seemingly, the next ThinkPad X1 Fold will retain Intel processors, rocking both vPro and Evo certifications. As such, the second-generation ThinkPad X1 Fold should have better battery life than its predecessor too.
Separately, Lenovo has teased that the new model will launch with a detachable keyboard containing TrackPoint, ThinkPad's beloved pointing stick. Better still, the thick bezels of the original ThinkPad X1 Fold have made way for much slimmer ones. As far as we can tell, the foldable laptop and the upcoming Razr 2022 have similar hinge designs. However, the former appears to have two notches where its bezels disappear for its wide hinge mechanism. Unfortunately, it remains to be seen when Lenovo will unveil the device shown below, nor how much it will cost. Presumably, the device will arrive as the ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2, or an equivalent.