Foldable smartphones, phablets, and tablets are not really a new concept anymore as many manufacturers are believed to be working on some or the other foldable technology. And while foldable displays have been showcased, Lenovo has once again demoed its foldable tablet. Most of the foldable devices shown have come with the display folding inside, rendering the device useless when it is folded. However, the Lenovo tablet folds outwards, meaning the display is on the outside of the phone and not the inside. The tablet is operational even when folded. Also Read - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable PC launches in India finally with a steep price tagAlso Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it
Lenovo showed off the tablet during Lenovo Tech World event and the video of the tablet was shared by Youku along with some of the specifications of the upcoming device. The specifications are quite a mixed bag and some are pretty outdated. Considering the device is presently only a prototype, the actual specifications if and when it launches might greatly vary. For the time being, the device runs Snapdragon 600 chipset. The display, when folded completely is 5.5-inches whereas when expanded is 7.8-inches. The tablet can clearly switch from being a smartphone to a tablet with ease, eliminating the need for two devices. ALSO READ: Lenovo unveils future-ready Yoga 720 for Rs 74,500 in India Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
The one thing that the video tells us is that the tablet comes with pretty thick bezels. It makes the actual device appear larger than it actually is. Once the tablet is folded, Lenovo uses some magnetic or locking technology to ensure that the two sides remain firmly together. A folded tablet does mean a thick and bulky smartphone. There are no buttons anywhere on the front of the device. Once the tablet is folded, the display automatically aligns itself to a smaller size and shows the icons together, in a Home Screen format. The ‘spine’ when folded can be used for notifications or other features. ALSO READ: Lenovo Z2 Plus, P2 Android Nougat update starts rolling out
Once folded, the back of the phone mirrors the selfie camera, so not just the selfie taker but even someone behind can see just how the selfie looks. The interesting feature does open up a lot of newer avenues for selfie images. The tablet runs Android Nougat OS out-of-the-box. The format is very similar to Lenovo’s Yoga range of laptops and tablets which can be folded and used in multiple ways. Lenovo is focusing entirely on the Motorola division for smartphones though it is unclear if the brand will announce the new tablet/phone under Motorola or create a whole new range of Lenovo branded foldable devices. The launch details remain unknown.