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Lenovo’s Unveils Flexible Tablet and Phone Prototype Snaps Onto Your Wrist Like A Slap Bracelet

Foldable displays and smartphones are typically associated with manufacturing giants like Samsung and LG. Add another player to that list: Lenovo. The company just demoed a prototype foldable tablet and phone at its Tech World convention in San Francisco.

Late last week, tech enthusiasts were wired into the events taking place at the Lenovo Tech World in San Francisco. It was at this event, now in its second year, that a wave of new products were unveiled to the world. Two in particular seemed to steal the show.  The multinational firm was not forthcoming with information behind its concept device, which features a 4.2-inch screen and runs on Android.  It’s since been revealed that the segmented portion behind the screen gives the phone the ability to curve around a wrist. 

Watch : YouTuber Meghan McCarthy demoed the prototypes, and by no means are these the final products

The first prototype is a narrow-looking phone that McCarthy slapped and wrapped around her wrist — as she says, it was an easy place to keep her phone when she’s wearing a dress without pockets.  Lenovo’s CPlus, a phone that can bend to fit around one’s wrist much like a watch.

The next prototype was a small tablet that McCarthy folded like a book, to obtain a smaller form-factor.  The 8-inch tablet can be folded in half into a 4-inch phone, making the device multipurpose as well as small enough to fit into a pocket or purse. 

As with the CPlus phone, the company gave little information regarding the tablet’s development. In fact, the company didn’t even explain its name. “Don’t ask me why it’s called that,” Lenovo’s CTO

It’s unclear if these demo devices are actual products we’ll see any time soon, but Lenovo did tease that a product was coming this fall, which “brings a vision of the most flexible user interfaces that naturally connect people and devices.”

  It’s going to be a whole new species of devices that feature “keyboards that don’t necessarily act like traditional keyboards.” It’s very vague, but Lenovo says they’ll give us a sneak peak, so we’ll have to wait and see what they show off at Tech World.

Peter Hortensius, said at a press briefing, but says it expects both products to be consumer-ready in the next five to 10 years. 

Foldable displays are likely to be the next big thing, and the race has long since begun. Samsung demoed the technology as early as CES 2013, and the Korean company is expected to launch its first foldable device in 2017. It’s unexpected to see Lenovo joining the space, and we’ll have to wait and see what happens with foldable devices in the coming year.


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