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Lenovo unveils its flexible laptop concept

'Advanced materials and new screen technologies' usher in a new way of interacting with your portable computer

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Computer-makers are constantly experimenting with new ways to set themselves apart from the competition.

Some create laptops such as the Microsoft Surface Book, which feature detachable screens so users don't need to buy a separate tablet.

Others, latest generation of MacBook Pros, for example, come equipped with touchscreens to add further functionality to the keyboard.

However, Lenovo has revealed a laptop concept it hopes will revolutionise the way people interact with portable computers.

The currently-nameless computer is equipped with a radical bendable screen, which can be folded in half or laid out completely flat. It can also be drawn on.

"It's a new set of advanced materials and new screen technologies," says Christian Teismann, head of commercial at Lenovo.

The laptop "will be controlled by voice", together with the small red "pointing stick" that has appeared on Lenovo notebooks for over a decade, says Wired.

Little is known about the device, but Business Insider says the only flexible screen currently available uses OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology, suggesting the use of a similar technology here.

However, Lenovo has still equipped the computer with a conventional mouse and keyboard, suggesting the tried-and-tested layout will be "the best way to use computers in the foreseeable future", adds the site.

It's not the first Lenovo concept to adapt a flexible screen - the Chinese company revealed a smartphone with a bendable display during it's Tech World event last year.

According to Cnet, the mobile can either be used as a conventional smartphone or folded around the user's wrist, taking the form of a smartwatch.

It has yet to reach production, but the concept ran a version of the Android mobile operating system and was finished in one of 12 colours.

Much like the flexible smartphone, Lenovo says the bendable laptop is strictly a "concept" and there's no indication it will reach production within the near future.

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