The digital world of computers is moving into an exciting new technological era, with the unfold series. LG announced a foldable screen laptop, the Specter Foldable PC, earlier this month. A feature of foldable PCs should be portability.
The Gram Fold weighs 2.76 pounds, which is even lighter than LG's latest Gram clamshell laptop at 2.9 pounds.
According to Android Authority, the LG laptop will have an Intel Core i5-1335U, which has 8 Efficient cores (E-cores) up to 3.4 GHz, two Performance cores (P-cores) up to 4.6 GHz, 12 threads and 12MB cache.
The PC is also expected to have 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, a 72Wh battery, Wi-Fi 6E, and two USB-C ports. LG claims 99.5% DCI-P3 color coverage with the laptop.
LG Display first entered mass production of 13.3-inch foldable laptop panels in 2020.
However, foldable PCs didn't take off immediately, despite the panel being used in Lenovo's 2020 ThinkPad X1 Fold. Foldable PCs didn't have the software support that Windows 11 now offers with its Snap Windows layouts that make arranging windows on dual or folded screens more intuitive.
The operating system proved reliable in handling dual-screen window layouts when I reviewed Lenovo's Yoga Book 9i. The 2-in-1 laptop isn't foldable but, rather, has a second 13.3-inch OLED screen where you'd expect the physical keyboard and touchpad to be.
LG's Korean announcement said the laptop is 0.37 inches thick when unfolded and is used as a 17-inch tablet. The screen has 1920x2560 pixels for a pixel density of 188.2 pixels per inch. A virtual keyboard may appear on the lower screen, and you can dock a Bluetooth keyboard to the lower screen or pair a keyboard with the system wirelessly.
OLED PC can be folded in half to be used as a laptop of approximately 12.2 inches.
LG said the Gram Fold will be released on October 4 for around $3,726).
While LG has not yet confirmed its foldable PC in the US or other countries, it is highly likely that it will launch in the US.
LG has already launched innovative products in South Korea before selling them in the United States and beyond. It's also possible that we'll see similar designs from other laptop brands, as panel supplier LG Display announced today that it will begin mass production of 17-inch foldable OLED laptop panels.
The foldable OLED is made with a tandem OLED structure. It uses dual-stack OLED technology, adding an extra organic emission layer to provide brighter displays by effectively dispersing energy between OLED components for optimal stability and longer lifespan, LG Display's announcement reads.