Microsoft’s dream of foldable Windows 10 PCs is coming true

Foldable Windows PC
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Last year, Microsoft announced two dual-screen devices—Surface
Neo and Surface Duo to serve as pioneers of a new form factor.
With Surface Neo, Microsoft has created a new form factor of
Windows PCs and OEM partners are also working on similar
hardware with design tweaks.

At CES 2020, Lenovo and Dell showed off their upcoming folding
and dual-screen devices, and Intel also presented a prototype
of a 17-inch folding laptop with Windows 10 Pro.

Lenovo says it will begin shipping its foldable device called
‘ThinkPad X1 Fold’ to consumers in mid-2020 and its dual-screen
folding device runs full Windows 10 Pro, and not Windows 10X at

We’ve heard that
Windows 10X (new OS specifically built for foldable
hardware) is
not ready for consumers and the project is still immature.
As a result, ThinkPad X1 Fold runs full Windows 10 Pro but a
version of the device running Windows 10 X will land later this

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
Image Courtesy: Lenovo

In terms of look and design, ThinkPad X1 Fold is not a clone of
Surface Neo and it comes with a 13.3-inch 4:3 ‘folding’
display, a concept similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold X.

The display of Lenovo ThinkPad offers a resolution of up to
2048×1536 pixels and it folds into two separate 9.6-inch

ThinkPad X1 Fold comes with 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD storage, and it
uses Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G connectivity. Lenovo
is also planning to sell peripherals like the Bluetooth Mini
Fold Keyboard to expand the capabilities of the device and
leather folio case with an integrated kickstand.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is priced at just $2,499.

Dell’s two foldable devices

Dell is one of the companies planning to launch dual-screen and
foldable devices in 2020. At CES 2020, Dell showed off two
devices called Concept Ori and Concept Duet, which provides us
with an early glimpse into its upcoming dual-screen PCs.

Dell Concept Ori
Dell Concept Ori

Concept Ori comes with one large screen that folds to create
two separate screens. The other details are not known at this
point as the company avoided to share any specifics.

The second hardware that Dell presented at CES 2020 is ‘Concept
Duet’ and it looks a lot like Microsoft’s Surface Neo. Dell
Concept Duet comes with two 13.4-inch FHD displays and it
supports multiple form factors just like the Surface Neo.

Dell Concept Duet
Dell Concept Duet

Dell is also offering a standalone keyboard that would be
placed at the bottom of the screen of your choice. One display
can be used as a keyboard and touchpad, so you can get a
traditional laptop experience.

These prototypes also run Windows 10 Pro, but the devices would
run Windows 10X when the company launches them in late 2020.

Intel’s foldable OLED PC concept

Intel foldable PC
Image Courtesy: Engadget

At CES 2020, Intel teased the world’s first 17-inch foldable
OLED PC running Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. The
clamshell device features a 17-inch display when it is unfolded
and it sports a 13-inch display when folded or closed.

Intel’s Horseshoe Bend is a concept based on research conducted
by the company and the chipmaker has no plans to sell it
in the market.

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