Have you ever thought about the folding screen smartphones? Do we really need them? At the moment, there are is a few commercially available folding screen smartphones. But because of some reason, they can’t compete with regular smartphones in terms of sales. Thus, on the one hand, it seems we are dealing with the next era of smartphones. And on the other hand, they are not popular yet. However, there are still many manufacturers that are trying to bring the folding screen technology to other niches. Say, recently we heard about Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 folding screen devices. And today, AnandTech reported that Compal is developing a FlexBook folding tablet with a similar design.
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According to the source, Compal’s FlexBook is 13 inches in size. It has two speakers on the side, a USB-C port on each side, and a volume button. This tablet can be folded in half due to the foldable OLED display and a ‘zero-gap flat hinge’. When folded, the device can be used as a notebook, and the lower screen becomes a virtual keyboard. By the way, the outside and chin of the FlexBook are made of leather.
Compal has not yet announced the detailed configuration of FlexBook, nor has it announced its mass production time.
At this year’s CES, Lenovo had announced that the ThinkPad X1 folding screen notebook will be shipped in the middle of the year. So it turns out Lenovo will be a pioneer in the folding screen notebook market.