There are now some smartphones with a folding mechanism, for example the Samsung Galaxy Z series or the Huawei Mate X. But you’ve only rarely seen a folding display on laptops. The only example of this is this Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold. Asus now wants to launch its own folding laptop.
The device is called Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED and is scheduled for release in summer 2022. The special feature: By attaching the supplied Bluetooth keyboard, it is possible to use the device in practically the same way as a notebook if desired.
Completely unfolded, you no longer get a lap top, but a 17-inch tablet on which you can watch films and series or do creative work such as drawing. In laptop mode, the screen is still 13 inches. It could then look like this:
The hinge on the Asus model can be adjusted to almost any position to find a suitable angle. According to the manufacturer, the display and hinges are designed for up to 30,000 folding cycles.
According to this, you could theoretically open and close the laptop around eight times a day for 10 years. Also unusual is Craob’s laptop, which manages completely without connections:
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Notebook presented without any connections – how is that supposed to work?
What technology is inside?
The Zenbook Fold’s hardware is decent, if not designed for gaming. With the Intel Core i7-12500U you get a mobile version of Intel’s latest processor generation. In addition, Intel Iris Xe-Graphics, 16 GB LPDDR5 RAM and a 1.0 TB NVMe SSD for your data.
As for connectivity, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are available. You get two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C slots and an audio combo jack as connections. The battery is 75 watt hours.
Asus has not yet commented on the price. However, it shouldn’t be small if you consider how expensive the corresponding smartphones are. A model of this kind in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has changed the user behavior of my colleague Denis forever:
You can bend: Since I’ve had a foldable, other cell phones are only half the battle
Do you see potential in foldable laptops or do you think it’s more of a gimmick that doesn’t have much practical use? Let us know in the comments!