LG dives into the foldable laptop fray

Following such as Lenovo, Asusand last P.S, LG announced a new laptop built around a single large foldable display. The device is called LG Gram Foldand starting October 4, it will be available online in South Korea for 4.99 million won (around $3,697). An international release is not yet known.

Like previous foldable laptops, the LG Gram Fold can be used in a variety of orientations. If you prefer a traditional laptop experience, you can fold it upright and place a Bluetooth keyboard on the bottom half to use the remaining portion of the screen like a 12-inch laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio. If you forego the physical keyboard, you can also type on a virtual keyboard on the screen itself. Flattening the laptop completely allows you to use it like a tablet, or you can add a keyboard to use it like a computer with a 17-inch screen. There’s also a book mode that allows you to fold the laptop in half and hold it in your hands in landscape orientation.

In laptop mode, the lower half of the display is used as a touchscreen.
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The foldable device is used like a book.
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The display itself has a resolution of 1920 x 2560, with a peak brightness of 500 nits. In a separate press release Announcement of mass production of the panel itselfLG Display notes that the screen features a “special material” in the folding area of ​​the screen to minimize wrinkles. According to LG, the Gram Fold is designed to last 30,000 folding cycles. That may sound low in comparison 200,000 or 400,000 Some foldable phones are suitable for this, but the idea is that you typically fold and unfold a laptop less over the course of a day, so the reduced number of folds shouldn’t result in a much shorter lifespan.

The pictures show the laptop folded with a fairly large gap.
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Aside from the main attraction of its folding screen, the LG Gram Fold’s specs are more modest. It is powered by an Intel i5-1335U CPU with 16GB RAM, 512GB storage and a 72Wh battery. It weighs 1250 grams and is 19.9 mm thick when folded and 9.4 mm thick when unfolded. The Windows 11 machine has a pair of USB-C ports, one of which is Thunderbolt 4 compatible and the other is USB 3.2 Gen 2×1. The LG Gram Fold is also compatible with stylus pens, but LG sells them separately.

LG Display proudly boasts about the mass production of this type of foldable display and the competition Samsung display And BOE Since LG makes foldable panels itself, it’s likely that LG won’t be the last laptop maker to announce a device like this. Now we just have to hope for future models that don’t cost several thousand dollars.