We’re almost at the end of the official CES press day.
By Kent German
Typically the most exciting and jam-packed day of the show, it brings back-to-back press conferences from not just longtime tech stalwarts like LG and Sony, but also car companies and Impossible Foods. Here’s what’s caught our eye so far.
Foldable phones and laptops
TCL says it has a foldable phone that will cost less than the gorgeous $1,500 foldable Motorola Razr flip phone released in October. After seeing TCL’s still-unnamed device in concept form at MWC 2019, CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt was able to play with a working prototype today. Though the software was a bit clunky, she says, it has enough tension in its hinge (unlike other foldable phones). Also from TCL, Jessica was drawn to a “beautiful” Galaxy S10 lookalike that costs less than $500.
Phones aren’t the only things that are folding. Dell showed the Concept Ori, a large, folding tablet that can close up like a book to protect the screen. Dell also had the Concept Duet, which has a more conventional design with two displays separated by hinge. You can use the displays separately or together as one big desktop.
Lenovo joined in the foldable fun with the ThinkPad X1 Fold. It’s a 13-inch OLED slate that can bend in half widthwise, forming what looks like a mini clamshell laptop. Or when full unfolded and rotated to a landscape orientation, just add a keyboard and mouse, flip out the slim kickstand and you have a desktop computer.
Lenovo’s Yoga 5G is the first 5G-equipped PC, and the first powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx 5G Compute Platform. It also promises a full day of battery life.
When you can’t get enough notifications, Lenovo ThinkBook Plus has a secondary 10.8-inch e-ink display that will show your all-important intrusions even when the laptop is closed. More