Forget folding phones, Lenovo's new 16in laptop screen folds in half – check out these pictures

The ThinkPad X1 Fold (Gen 2) is unlike most other laptops, thanks to its 16-inch folding display

ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2 on blue T3 background
(Image credit: Lenovo / Future)

Forget the best folding phones – Lenovo's new 2-in-1 laptop is far larger, with a 16.3-inch display, meaning it can be folded in half to give the footprint of a much smaller 12-inch laptop. The ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2, which I folded and manipulated at IFA 2022, is the second-generation model in this folding-laptop line, the first having been revealed back in 2020. So while it's not a brand new idea, it is a brand new iteration of the format some two years on. 

Key to the ThinkPad X1 Fold's design is, of course, that 16.3-inch foldable OLED display, which delivers a 2024 x 2560 resolution, is Dolby Vision HDR certified, and supports touch from both fingers and stylus support. It's a different aspect ratio now, hence why it can fold to just a 12-inch footprint when closed, making it positively tiny to cart about.

Flexible working is the future

Included with the X1 Fold Gen 2 is a keyboard and a stand with stylus holder, both of which can magnetically attach to the main laptop unit for versatile use-cases. Whether you want to use the keyboard with the full 16-inch display, or fold the display by 45-degrees or more and use half the screen as a virtual keyboard, there's plenty of choice.

From its powerful screen impressions, through to powerful innards, the X1 Fold houses up to Intel Core i7 processor options, along with up to 32GB LPDDR5 RAM. You can also spec in 5G wireless connectivity for on-the-go use. 

The ThinkPad X1 Fold Gen 2 will be available from November, with a starting price of $2,499. That's rather a lot of dollar for a laptop, but it's no surprise with that special folding feature as part of the package.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.