Lenovo includes a flexible and foldable laptop at the pipeline, at least when a newly found patent turns out to be about the money.
The patent (seen by Windows Newest ) has just been released by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and factors into some foldable notebook (running Windows 10) using a screen portion (OLED technologies is cited ) and a computer keyboard portion.
It appears like Lenovo is mulling a'watchband kind of fold-region' as it comes to the hinge on your device (see the below picture ), but the clever bit is that the screen will probably expand in the keyboard portion.
To put it differently, the display will probably expand down to the keyboard segment to provide the consumer a larger quantity of screen real-estate.
And this might also ease a strip of icons in the bottom of the screen (or at the cover of the keyboard, instead ), in a similar vein to the Touch Bar on Apple's MacBooks.
It is definitely an intriguing concept for a device, with respect to optimizing the screen space on a notebook, without going the entire hog and shedding the keyboard.
Even though it's easy to envision that this concept can be developed further to a single giant foldable screen, providing the consumer a virtual keyboard (dispensing with the requirement for any hinge).
Fun with foldables
As ever, Lenovo might only be tinkering with this notion in its own research labs, and we might never find a foldable laptop along these lines.
But foldable technology is surely becoming a increasingly popular notion these days -- we have recently spotted the likes of this Samsung Galaxy X and Royole FlexPai (even though these are mobiles instead of tablets or 2-in-1s).
Other companies are seeking into the dual-screen tablet concept, instead of having anything foldable, however, such as Microsoft using its Surface Centaurus.
No matter the scenario, you can bet that the world of portable computing devices will undergo any critical alterations concerning form-factor and versatility in the not too distant future, and seeing precisely where things can go is a thrilling prospect.
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