Date:25 July 2017
A video of Lenovo’s foldable Folio tablet has surfaced, showcasing the brand’s flexible smartphone-to-tablet prototype.
Over the years there have been a menagerie of concepts promising flexible watch and smartphone options. Some even promised lifestyle adaptability and could morph between watches and phones. But in recent years flexible tech has been reserved to non-consumer technology. Now the foldable Folio tablet prototype is taking us back to a time when Nokia revealed their 888 concept. Yes, that was back in 2006.
Lenovo’s foldable Folio tablet prototype
The demo of the foldable Folio tablet prototype was captured on video at Lenovo Tech World 2017 – the company’s annual tech show. From the video we can see the tablet has a 7,8 inch screen and folds down to a smartphone with a screen size of 5,5 inches. It sports a resolution of 1920×1440 that is most commonly seen in 15,4 inch laptops. The prototype is powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor and runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
It’s clear that Lenovo’s concept touches on a topic that has become more important as our lives become busier: it’s adaptable. Now while adaptable tech has had many guises, new takes on old (and sometimes sci-fi) concepts are often popular with consumers. Tablets have a firm place in the market for their larger screen appeal, but haven’t stepped on smartphone toes because of their size.
Will we see it?
Gizmodo reports Lenovo has not confirmed any plans to bring the foldable Folio tablet to consumers, but it could have a good place in the market should the company decide to develop it.
Video and image credit: Kim Poh Liaw