Lenovo teases bendable, ThinkPad laptop concept with a flexible screen

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At an event in New York on 20 June, Lenovo presented what it believes will be the future of personalised computing: a rollable laptop with a flexible display. Called Lenovo Transform, its touchscreen seemed to bend in the image that Lenovo showed off.

The laptop also had a built-in keyboard and possibly microphones, too, as the concept supports voice commands. It also works with a stylus.  Lenovo’s  senior vice president  of  commercial business, Christian Teismann, revealed a futuristic computing device with a Laptop-like form factor with no hinge.

Although Lenovo mentioned phrases like “new screen technologies,” it was rather vague. The company did specify, however, that it’s just a concept for now. So don’t expect Lenovo to release this device any time soon, or if ever. But we do know that flexible, bendable, rollable, foldable – whatever you want to call them – displays are possible.

It showed off a 9.1-inch stretchable OLED display recently that can be flexed in two directions instead of just one. Keep in mind most flexible OLED displays can only be formed in one direction.

Also, can you imagine navigating your browser with only your voice? That sounds like a nightmare. But hey, I’m not here to crush dreams. I’m merely here for skepticism. Enjoy Lenovo’s vision of the faraway future.

Samsung is also working on a smartphone with a flexible display, dubbed the Galaxy X. Reports suggest the South Korea company might announce the device later this year. Last year, LG Display had said that it would  spend around $1.7 billion to build a new production line for making flexible OLED smartphone screens. Microsoft is also working on a foldable phone that could be turned into a tablet.

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