HP is expected to produce a foldable OLED laptop in the near future.
HP is expected to deliver a foldable laptop with a 17-inch screen later this year or early next year, according to reports. According to South Korean website The Elec, SK IE Technology (SKIET) is providing the flexible polyimide (PI) material for the cover of the foldable 17-inch screen LG is outsourcing for HP.
According to a report from Notebook Check, the Korean company LG is producing foldable OLED panels for Apple and HP devices. There have been rumours about a 17-inch laptop that folds down into an 11-inch clamshell that supports both touchscreen input devices like a touchscreen tablet and pen input devices like a stylus. As early as the third quarter of 2022, LG is scheduled to commence mass manufacturing.
A thin polyimide sheet is used to make SKIET and LG’s flexible OLED displays, which are expected to ship in quantities of 10,000 units. A greater price from other vendors seems to have prompted HP to choose SKIET as the film’s cover. SKIET offered $8 in instead of the $15-20 offered by these vendors. In theory, this might cut the cost of HP’s foldable laptop
Only a few foldable computers like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 are now available. This year, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold and Asus Zenbook 17 are the first foldable laptops to enter the market. Project Ori, Dell’s prototype folding laptop, is also under development.
Foldable laptops are fascinating, but they have certain drawbacks, such as being underpowered and overpriced. Even while the ThinkPad X1 Fold was a stunning notebook, its battery life was subpar, and it cost upwards of $2,500 when it was first released. Although we don’t yet know how much this rumoured HP folding laptop will cost, it is likely to be more expensive than a regular notebook. However, if HP teamed with SKIET especially to keep prices down, these foldables may not be too pricey.
Take this all with a grain of salt, as is always the case with stories of this kind. However, even if none of these happens, it’s obvious that other manufacturers will try to enter the foldable laptop industry. We’ll have to see whether these laptops are excellent enough to make our top picks. We’ll have to see what happens.