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The first foldable PC era is unfolding – Ars Technica

by Norman Scott

LG has announced its entry into the foldable laptop market with the introduction of the Gram Fold. The laptop boasts a range of features including two USB-C ports, three speakers, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.1. It is reported to use the same LG Display panel as HP’s Spectre Fold. LG’s announcement comes just weeks after HP introduced its first foldable PC. While LG has only announced the Gram Fold in South Korea so far, it is expected that the machine will be released in other countries, including the US.

The Gram Fold has a thickness of 9.4mm (0.37 inches) when unfolded, allowing it to be used as a 17-inch tablet. Alternatively, it can be folded in half to function as a 12.2-inch laptop. In this mode, a virtual keyboard can appear on the bottom screen, and users can dock a Bluetooth keyboard or pair a keyboard wirelessly. The laptop’s OLED display has a resolution of 1920×2560 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 188.2 pixels per inch.

One of the main advantages of foldable PCs is their portability, and the Gram Fold does not disappoint in this regard. Weighing just 2.76 pounds (1,250g), it is even lighter than LG’s latest Gram clamshell laptop. Under the hood, the Gram Fold is expected to feature an Intel Core i5-1335U processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and a 72 Wh battery. LG claims that the laptop offers 99.5 percent DCI-P3 color coverage.

While LG has not confirmed the release of the Gram Fold in the US or other countries, it is highly likely that it will be available worldwide. LG has a history of releasing products in South Korea before expanding their availability to other markets. Additionally, LG Display, the supplier of the foldable OLED panel used in the Gram Fold, has announced that it will begin mass production of 17-inch foldable OLED laptop panels. This suggests that other laptop brands may also launch similar designs in the near future.

The introduction of Windows 11, which offers improved support for dual or folded screens, has also contributed to the growing popularity of foldable PCs. The new operating system makes it easier to organize windows across multiple screens, providing a more intuitive user experience. However, the high prices of foldable laptops, as well as concerns about their durability, may still deter some potential buyers. Nevertheless, these innovative devices are injecting much-needed creativity into the laptop market, offering a fresh alternative to traditional designs.

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