Folder Pad Tablet could be Lenovo’s answer to the Microsoft Surface

The Lenovo Folder Pad Tablet is a multi-mode tablet designed to be held in your hands or propped up on a tablet like a touchscreen monitor. It gets its name from the stand which pops out like a flap from the back.

Connect a wireless keyboard and you can use the system like a desktop PC. Fold the kickstand flat and you can pick it up like a tablet.

Lenovo Folder Pad

Lenovo hasn’t officially announced the Folder Pad yet, but the designers are apparently hoping to win some awards — it’s been submitted to the IDSA and Red Dot organizations for consideration — and the fact that it hit the IDSA site in June suggests the Folder Pad’s been in the works for a while.

Neither site has any details about the screen size or resolution, processor, or even the operating system the tablet is running. But it looks like the tablet has stereo speakers, a wedge-shaped design (with one end a bit thicker than the other), and a flat keyboard that looks a lot like the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover.

In fact, the whole tablet seems to draw a bit of inspiration from the Microsoft Surface, which also has a built-in kickstand. But while Microsoft’s tablet latches onto the keyboard for use in laptop mode, Lenovo seems to be positioning the Folder Pad as more of a desktop-style device, with a keyboard that rests on the table in front of the tablet.

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  • Cal Rankin

    multi-moe? Do you mean multi-mode?

    • ldrn

      If that’s not a typo, that tablet just became a lot more compelling of a buy.

  • Grant Russell

    I think theyre unnecessarily trying too hard to ‘not be too much like the Surface’. nobody would accuse them of copying if they used the Surface’s kickstand design. this diagonal one looks too unstable.

  • ad24

    Surface is such a brilliant design that other manufacturers will need years to catch up. I have got Surface 2 and TouchCover 2 a few months ago and still get amazed every time I pick it. Huhh, if only those Excel macros could run….

  • Tsais

    Hope Lenovo makes a 20″ version of this, matching closely the size and beating the weight of Dell’s existing XPS18 18″ tablet…

  • Shawn

    You’ve got to be kidding. Has to be one of the most unstable designs I’ve seen. The center of mass os still too far up and over, and the fold is not enough to stabilize.