Folding screens are another technological direction for the development of mobile phone products in recent years. Fast-acting manufacturers have now updated four generations of folding screen products. Folding screen mobile phones have moved from niche to mass market, which also proves the possibility of folding technology. Computer manufacturers who saw this potential market were eager to try it.
Folding screen technology is still in its infancy in the notebook market. In recent years, some manufacturers have launched folding screen computer products, but they have not yet formed a large scale. ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first consumer notebook computer to adopt folding screen technology. From the perspective of folding screen, it is undoubtedly a success. As the first product to bring folding screen to the consumer market, it has made notebook computers a brand new product. Classes have more possibilities and also provide consumers with richer usage scenarios.
But from a notebook perspective, this is an immature product. The too small size and the thick black edges make this product lose the advantages of a folding screen even though it has the form of a folding screen.
The Zen book 17 Fold launched by ASUS in 2022 has learned a lot from the lessons of its "predecessors", making this product appear more mature. The 17-inch size allows it to meet users' daily use regardless of whether it is unfolded or folded. Because the screen is large enough, Zen book 17 Fold has a keyboard that is the same size as a 12.5-inch laptop. The experience is no longer like a "tablet with a keyboard", but a truly usable folding screen notebook.
HP, also a giant computer manufacturer, naturally has to catch up with the new category of foldable screen computers. HP yesterday released a new generation of foldable screen computer called HP Specter Fold, which HP said is "the world's thinnest and smallest 17-inch foldable computer." At the same time, the HP Specter Fold weighs 1.6 kilograms including the keyboard, which is only 0.1 kilogram heavier than Apple's latest 15-inch MacBook Air.
In addition to being "the thinnest and smallest", HP also claims that it is "the world's first foldable computer with built-in AI." Judging from the news revealed in the current press release, the built-in AI will allow the folding screen notebook to monitor user privacy. Safety and health features. For example, screen time reminders customized for users through machine learning, "touch-free content control", or automatic screen locking when users temporarily leave the computer.
The Specter Fold will come with an Intel Core i7-1250U, 16GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. The screen is a 1920 x 2560 OLED screen. HP's Specter series notebooks have always been known for their excellent screens, so the screen quality of this Specter Fold is very exciting. Although HP calls it "the first" and "the thinnest" in its promotion, in terms of folding screen form, the experience of Specter Fold is almost the same as that of its friends. The same product has three forms: tablet, laptop and desktop. The only commendable thing is that Specter Fold has a built-in stand, so users no longer need to use an additional stand when using it horizontally.
There are currently more and more foldable screen laptops on the market, but they have never been popular. The advantages of folding screens are obvious. Through the foldable body, they can provide a larger display area while taking into account portability. The reason why it cannot be popularized is equally obvious. Lenovo Thinkpad Pad Peak – $4999.99 (approximately RMB 36,300).
Being expensive is not a shortcoming of the product, it is a shortcoming of mine. However, apart from folding, the folding screen computer products that consumers buy at high prices cannot be compared with ordinary notebooks at the same price, or even inferior to ordinary notebooks at lower prices. Along with the high price, there is also a user experience that is not excellent.
Large screen and weight are pain points that are difficult to balance with ordinary computers. Although the emergence of foldable screen computers solves this pain point, it also brings new pain points. The first to bear the brunt is heat dissipation. Precisely because of its thin and light characteristics, it is difficult for manufacturers to add active cooling systems to folding screen computers. The lack of heat dissipation also brings about insufficient performance, making this category only able to meet the needs of light work. . Then the question comes back to price. How many consumers will be willing to buy tens of thousands of notebooks to complete some simple tasks.
Of course, ordinary notebooks and foldable screen notebooks are not the same. The former has been developed for nearly 40 years and has already gone through several rounds of technological updates. These technological updates have been applied to ordinary notebooks, making ordinary notebooks as mature as they are today and with many market segments. product. The latter has only been developed for a few years. It is not so much in the initial stage as it is still in the stage of being tested by the market.
As for whether folding screen computers are as short-lived as pop-up cameras, or whether they are as correct as folding screen mobile phones in grasping the future direction, all answers can only be confirmed by time and the market.
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