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The ThinkPad X1 Fold has a foldable OLED touchscreen, but it's no fun in everyday use

The concept of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is innovative, but neither the hardware nor the software are ready for a foldable convertible. Our review reveals even further problems, and above all, the X1 Fold is simply not fun to use on a daily basis.
Andreas Osthoff (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

With the ThinkPad X1 Fold, Lenovo presents the world's first foldable laptop. For this, the manufacturer combines a stable case, an OLED touchscreen, and an efficient hybrid processor from Intel. In addition, there is 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. A 5G modem is also available as an option. A small Bluetooth keyboard and an active stylus are also included. However, those who want to try out the new device will have to dig deep into their pockets, because the cheapest model costs just under 3,000 Euros (currently starting at $2,299.99 on Lenovo's website).

The folding mechanism of the X1 Fold leaves a very stable impression, just like the entire case. The leather cover on the back adds to the high-quality look. You can't see the crease when the screen is activated, either. However, the screen surface shows an increased gliding resistance that is noticeable both when using the fingers as well as the active stylus. In addition, not every input is immediately recognized by the touchscreen, which can quickly become frustrating in practice. Furthermore, the small keyboard with the tiny touchpad isn't very fun to use, either.

However, the biggest problem is probably the poor software support. Windows was simply not designed for this type of devices. Lenovo does install its own app that allows distributing screen contents across the two touchscreen halves, but this is very fiddly and not very intuitive in practice.

There are also weaknesses in terms of hardware. The hybrid processor from Intel doesn't offer much performance headroom, and the OLED touchscreen is extremely reflective. Since brightness (~235 cd/m²) is also significantly below the advertised 300 cd/m², you can hardly use the device outdoors. In addition, battery life depends heavily on the content displayed; in our tests, the battery was drained after 5-6 hours.

All in all, we can't recommend the first-generation X1 Fold, especially not at its high price. Currently, you simply get the better overall packages with normal convertibles. Further information on the ThinkPad X1 Fold is available in our detailed review:

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Andreas Osthoff
Editor of the original article: Andreas Osthoff - Managing Editor Business Laptops - 1404 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
I grew up with modern consumer electronics and my first computer was a Commodore C64, which encouraged my interest in building my own systems. I started working as a review editor for Notebookcheck during my dual studies at Siemens. Currently, I am mainly responsible for dealing with business laptops and mobile workstations. It’s a great experience to be able to review the latest devices and technologies and then compare them with each other.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Andreas Osthoff, 2021-04- 4 (Update: 2021-04- 2)