CES 2020 had a lot to show this year, but more often than not we tend to overlook the advancements in technology regarding notebooks. Our laptops have come very far in the last few years. They’re constantly getting faster, thinner, and more useful with every iteration. However, there are a few that dare to venture beyond our current market and give us a glimpse of what we can expect mainstream notebooks to have in the future.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
Foldable phones took the world by storm in 2019, and we expected CES to be filled to the brim with various foldable forms of tech. However, there is one foldable laptop that impressed us the most. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is exactly what you think it is, but a lot of thought has gone into making sure it doesn’t come off as a gimmick.
It has a 13-inch OLED 4K screen that can be folded in half, much like its folding phone counterparts. That being said, the keyboard would be the first thing to suffer when it comes to implementing this into a laptop. Lenovo thought of that too and added a keyboard that attaches to the X1 and doesn’t need to be removed when folding the laptop. The hinge has also been carefully engineered to allow its users to fold the laptop at practically any angle they desire. In terms of software, it’s said to run Windows 10X (but that wasn’t available at CES), but have made a temporary software solutions to make this the most convincing attempt at a dual-screen yet.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
The Galaxy Chromebook breaks the mould in regards to everything we know about Chromebooks. It’s got a swagger about it because it boasts a 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED display (a first for Chromebooks), complete with 10th-generation Intel Core i5 and aluminium build. This premium-sounding laptop does sit at $999, which is a lot to pay for a Chromebook. However, it’s nice to see Samsung showing some love to its Chromebook lineup and could persuade consumers to give it a try.
Dell XPS 13
Not exactly the pinnacle of innovation, but the DEL XPS 13 constantly reminds us just how close to perfect efficiency you can get when it comes to notebooks. The XPS series is almost always guaranteed to be showed off at CES, but that never dulls just how impressive these laptops can be.
Boasting a new 16:10 display and a reduced bottom bezel, with a few quality of life improvements makes the Dell XPS 13 even more comfortable and easier to use. It is widely regarded as one of the best laptops you can by, but Dell keeps finding a way to make it even better.
Dell Concept Duet
While Dell showcased more than one concept this year at CES, the Concept Duet was probably its most intriguing out of the bunch. This laptop looks like it came straight out of Cyberpunk 2077, with its two full-sized 13-inch screens. Much like the Lenovo X1, the Concept Duet has a magnetized keyboard that can be attached to the bottom screen for when you don’t feel like using the touch-screen keyboard.
It’s not so much the tech behind it, but the design of the laptop. It packs Dell’s iconic thin-bezel design and it’s exactly what 4-year-old me was hoping to use when he grew up.
HP Spectre x360 15
Much like the Dell XPS, HP’s Spectre x360 was brought to CES to showcase the refinements that it had undergone. HP has cut the bezels around the display significantly, resulting in a much smaller laptop. They have managed to do this all while offering the latest Intel and Nvidia hardware. It’s just as powerful as it is small and it keeps that beautiful 4K OLED screen too.
CES 2020 unveiled a lot of amazing laptops, but these are the ones that we felt brought a little something extra to the table. That being said, it would appear that 4K screens are going to be a more common occurrence in 2020 laptops, but it would be nice to see it at a more accessible price point.