Notebook Thinkpad X1 Fold im Test

HFor once, it’s not about the inner values, but solely about the external appearance. In front of us lies a device with a leather border in the format of a book, but weighing one kilogram. It is the first notebook with a foldable display, an innovation that has so far only been seen on smartphones. So let’s open up the Thinkpad X1 Fold from Lenovo. The device can be flexibly folded up to 180 degrees, then you hold a tablet with a continuous display of 13.3 inches in your hand. The leather cover moves when it is opened and closed, there is air between the device and the cover, and dirt and dust could get in here.

The folding mechanism is stiff, the display shows the approximately one centimeter wide area in which the display bends. The fold is not noticeable, but you can see it. The resolution of the OLED display is 2048 × 1536 pixels, its brightness is good, but the display is only protected by plastic, not glass. On the back, part of the leather sleeve can be folded out to put the notebook in landscape format. This exercise does not work in portrait format, so Lenovo offers a stand as an accessory.

If you lock the top at 90 to about 120 degrees, the display is divided into two parts. Content can be displayed on the upper half and the Windows 10 virtual on-screen keyboard can be assigned to the lower half. Or you can put a Bluetooth keyboard in front of the unit and work with both halves of the screen. Or you can turn the display into landscape format, open it up like a book and enjoy the space-saving use. In this scenario, the Thinkpad is similar to the Surface Neo, which has only been announced by Microsoft so far, with two physically separate screens.

Looks almost like a normal notebook.



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Thinkpad X1 Fold

In view of the weight, however, it is hardly possible to keep it in book form for a long time. Since Windows does not yet support folding screens, you have to switch between the different display modes with a Lenovo app. A fold mini keyboard is also supplied, which is only a few millimeters thin and docks magnetically on one half of the display and is inductively charged there. Their greatest advantage is also their greatest disadvantage: The keys are normal-sized for fast typing. But the German umlauts and some special characters no longer fit into the available space and can only be reached with a special key combination. So nothing for nimble ten-finger writers.

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