The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold’s first foldable laptop didn’t get off to an easy start. The Intel Lakefield processor was performing poorly and the software was also causing problems. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is now available for a significantly lower price. Maybe already in the sale?
A little over two years ago, Lenovo presented the ThinkPad X1 Fold to the public for the first time – back then as the nameless “Lenovo Foldable PC”. It took until autumn 2020 for it to hit the market. At that time, it came with a hefty price tag: You had to put around $3,000 on the table to own the futuristic ThinkPad tablet with a flexible display.
But the high price didn’t mean that the ThinkPad X1 Fold was an uncompromising Lenovo laptop: In the review of the ThinkPad foldable laptop, we concluded that the ThinkPad X1 Fold was “not fun”. In particular, three major criticisms dominated other reviews of the hybrid: The too small, poor keyboard, the low performance of the Intel Lakefield processor, and the poor software support from Windows 10 – an operating system that simply isn’t for a PC with a flexible display was made.
Lenovo originally promised that a version with Windows 10X would follow as soon as the version of the Microsoft operating system appeared. But recently the software giant from Redmond discontinued Windows 10X, which should explicitly better support foldable. Instead, it focuses on Windows 11.
It is currently unclear whether this is the death knell for the still very young category of foldable PCs. However, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold seems to be near the end of its life cycle – it is currently being offered at huge discounts in the US. The model with 256GB storage costs around $2,199 on Bhphotovideo.com. The model variant with 512GB storage is available for around $2,899. They cost almost $300 less than at the market launch – anyone who wants to buy the X1 Fold should buy it now because these prices are probably a sale.