In today’s report, Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad X1 Fold, a 13-inch tablet with a built-in Intel processor and collapsible screen, is on the line. But it’s clear that Intel doesn’t want Lenovo to dominate, and this year’s CES show also showcased its new foldable device prototype, the Horseshoe Bend.
The biggest difference between Intel’s Horseshoe Bend and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold is that the screen is larger. At full expansion, the OLED screen is diagonally long at 17.3 inches and 4:3 in length, which means that when tilted folding is used closer to the size of a traditional notebook. There’s also a Surface-like stand that uses the entire screen space by pairing it with a wireless keyboard mouse.
Intel’s prototype common operating mode is somewhat similar to a traditional laptop, where its contents and UI will be in front and the keyboard will be at the bottom of the screen. Themedia, The Verge, conducted a live experience and found that the overall operation met the usage expectations.
During the presentation, Intel also demonstrated video editing capabilities, allowing users to operate the timeline directly using a traditional keyboard. If you want to play the video in full screen, simply flip the display and use the stand. If the keyboard on the screen doesn’t work for you, you can connect a wireless keyboard to the bottom half of the display.
Horseshoe Bend is based on Intel’s new 10nm Tiger Lake architecture, which will be released in laptops later this year. It can have a 9W TDP in an ultra-thin space of 7mm thickness without any active heat dissipation. The prototype currently on display by Intel is a Windows 10 system, and the more appropriate type of Windows 10X is not yet mature and needs to be refined by Microsoft and OEMs.
Compared to the X1 Fold, the Horseshoe Bend is obviously less suitable for large-scale commercial use, but because of its thinner borders and slimmer profile, it is indeed more stylish in some ways.