Lenovo's foldable tablet makes a second consecutive visit to Tech World



You might remember how Lenovo grabbed the attention of the tech world on June 9th last year during the company's Tech World  gathering. YouTuber Meghan McCarthy displayed a bendable phone that was folded into a contraption that she wore around her wrist. She also presented a tablet that was folded into the size of a phablet, and put up to her ear in order to simulate a phone call.

Today, the company continued the conversation by introducing the Lenovo Folio concept during Lenovo Tech World 2017. The device features a flexible touchscreen that grows from 5.5-inches to 7.8-inches and vice versa. The resolution weighs in at 1440 x 1920, and under the hood is the 2013 Snapdragon 800 chipset with an e-SIM and Android 7.0 on board. Remember, this is still a concept device which means that before the product goes into production, we could see some spec upgrades.

The video at the top of this story shows off the Lenovo Folio concept. If you can't understand the audio, don't worry. You're not having a stroke. The video is not in English.

We've now seen this device at Lenovo Tech World for two consecutive years. Perhaps by next year's show, the Folio will be ready for mass production.

source: MSPoweruser

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21 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Perhaps by next year's show, the Folio will be ready for mass production." I hardly see this become consumer-ready anytime soon.

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That fingerprint magnet screen and fold mark is so obvious.

3. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Looks like it's plastic screen, which is why it looks so cloudy and unclear. They need a bendable glass solution.

4. Xilam unregistered

That looks incredible, but that plastic screen though. I think that's probably the only reason we still don't see these devices on the market yet - it's been a long time since Samsung showed off their flex screens. In order to bend, the screen cannot be glass or any material that would make it look like a quality product - I'm sure they wanna charge "quality product prices" for these things when they first hit market.

5. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

but it will be useless run on android.

6. Xilam unregistered

I hate comments like yours. They bring absolutely nothing constructive to the comment section, instead just clutter the page worse than PAs advertising.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? What would be more useful? If you say iOS, then it will confirm how ignorant and stupid we already see you are.

14. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

His comment was ignorant where he said it would be useless, but if you want to argue that an Android tablet is more productive than an iOS tablet then you're proving once again that you're nothing but a blind fanboy. The only reason I buy Samsung's tablets is because of Amoled screens as I use them mostly for media consumption, but if I want more than that, I would definitely be picking an iPad Pro.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3040; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Poor response

18. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

This is a huge step forward and I'm glad competition is starting to build around this. If it was useles, no one would look at it and it wouldnt make it to an article. In fact, you probably do not kno what USELESS means. Furthermore, if Android didn't exist, apple would be garbage. They both need each other to become something great and useful. Im sorry that you miss out on so much USEFUL technology in life due to what software they run.

7. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Bad concept a pullout Rollerblade solution is a better concept, no folding marks.

8. kennybenny

Posts: 184; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I'd want one if they fixed the weird slight bump on the tablet, had newer internals, and if it was reasonably priced no more than $600 US. (Approx. $750 CAD)

9. cmvrgr

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I hope soon to be released. Some of us we need to carry 2 devices a smartphone and a 8 to 10" tablet. I hope that soon this will change. I hope Lenovo and the other manufacturers to build 8" tablet's with dual sim at least until a folio become reality.

10. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Perhaps this is what the Surface Phone would be a refinement of. I'd surely pick one of them up if they came with the full Windows 10 on ARM + CShell + Active Digitizer Stylus + Top notch Camera + High-end specs + More ports + More premium hardware (that center piece looks like it'll soon tear off).

17. Xilam unregistered

May, I suggest a laptop for $350. I mean, that's pretty much what you just described.

21. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Please show me a Laptop for $350 with all of the following: - Ability to transform into a Smartphone without compromise in use - Ability to transform into a Surface-like Tablet again without compromise in use - Active Digitizer Stylus support in both forms - Top notch camera Now you know how shortsighted you sound, no charges from me.

11. NoAllegiance unregistered

We need a durability test, open and close it over and over. It needs a bit of work on keeping clean, being plastic and all, it would probably get scratches easily. But nice seeing Lenovo taking risks. What display ratio's is another concern...

12. airoid

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

That's awesome! From 5.5" phone to 8" tablet

16. jacky899

Posts: 325; Member since: May 16, 2017

That looks really nice. I wish they can make a 4k resolution version with Snapdragon 823. I will definitely get it if it is under $600.

22. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Unless the screen folds the other direction, both parts of the screen touching, how are you going to protect the screen?

23. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Unless the screen folds the other direction, both parts of the screen touching, how are you going to protect the screen?

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