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Lenovo laptop concept flexes like a yoga mat

It's just a dream for now, but don't rule it out.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
June 20, 2017
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Lenovo isn't done making exotic concept devices... far from it. The PC maker has unveiled a laptop concept whose centerpiece is a flexible screen that runs right up to the keyboard. It's not joined by a hinge, it is the hinge -- you'd fold it up like a yoga mat, or maybe Microsoft's Surface Book. It wouldn't have a trackpad, but you could write on it and speak to it. There's no guarantees that Lenovo will build it (the company tells us that there's no hands-on time "yet"), but we wouldn't rule it out at some point in the future, either.

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical. Although flexible screens are certainly a reality, concepts like this have a habit of either dying on the vine or translating to prototypes that aren't as exciting as the 3D renders. Lenovo itself is clearly counting on "advanced materials" and "new screen technologies" to make this work, which signals that any possible real-world version is years away.

Having said this, it's important to remember that this is Lenovo we're talking about. The company occasionally ships products that would only exist as concepts elsewhere -- Yoga Book, anyone? Lenovo may not have production plans for the exact PC you see here, but this might just hint at where it wants to go with computer design in the long term.

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