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Lenovo brings 'foldable' PC into post-pandemic working world

Japan R&D lab helped Chinese maker develop latest ThinkPad product

The next iteration of the ThinkPad is expected to be the world's first foldable PC when it hits the market later this year. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- "Our core philosophy is to free work from the office," said Minoru Yasuda, executive director of PC maker Lenovo Japan, in May as he unveiled new products targeting remote workers in the novel coronavirus era.

Lenovo Group is about to bet big on that philosophy with the launch of its flagship new product for this year -- a PC with a foldable screen and detachable keyboard called ThinkPad X1 Fold. The device was planned and designed long before the pandemic severely reduced global travel and forced businesses worldwide to reorganize work practices.

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