At the moment not as much as the MWC 2019, but the CES 2020 is in a way the stage to see folding devices. Although, speaking of something closer to laptops, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and the Intel Horseshoe Bend, a concept that presents that same format. Learn more about new devices at generationrwanda.org
We see then that it is a prototype that also fits into that concept of hybrid between a laptop and large tablet, in that same idea also of the Dell Concept Ori. It is not something that we will see soon in the market, but the manufacturer has also wanted to show that they are not out of that possible future path of establishing the category of folding devices.
17.3 inches and the latest from Intel
Very little has been told by Intel about his Horseshoe Bend, but we know that the folding panel that integrates is 17.3 inches. Within the parks that are in detail do not talk about the folds that can hold as we saw in the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and we do not know the resolution and other data on the screen.
What they have confirmed is that the interiors dress the house and that it is a prototype with the Intel Tiger Lake UP4 processor. The part of the hinges is hidden so that they are apparently protected from dirt.
It is a product designed for use very similar to what we have seen, in this case with at least three formats. It can be used vertically, with one of the halves being the base and activating the virtual keyboard thus emulating traditional laptops, also horizontally and semi-folded as a monitor, or fully extended and using a base of its back as a way of a tablet withstand. Being a prototype, for now, they have not shown something similar to the keyboard that we saw for the ThinkPad X1.
As for the exteriors, it is built-in metal with a matt finish. It has a leather cover, looking to give sensations similar to those given by a book.
A path that seems to look for several
As we said, it is a prototype and per se we may not see it in the market, thus being a way to show the possible evolution that can be taken by folding devices that collaborating companies like Lenovo can build. In fact, given that Windows 10 does not yet have a version adapted to these devices, what we see in this case is its own software adapted for the demo.
We will see if this year we see any of these concepts finished and reaching the market. It will be interesting to be a spectator of the birth of these categories of devices if they finally establish themselves as finished products in consumer electronics, we will see at what prices these portable tablets come.