Intel showcased a couple of designs at Computex 2019, with second screens looming large in both. The most interesting is an Intel dual-screen laptop that builds upon the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo I reviewed the other day.
While the ZenBook includes a second screen but keeps the physical keyboard, in Intel’s concept the entire base is taken over by a second screen.
You can place a detachable keyboard in its usual place, though, at which point a touchpad will appear below it. But really this is all about having two full screens to play with.
As you can see from the video, one scenario is that you’ll have a single program – Excel, say – stretching across both screens. But you might also have your main work on the top screen but then jump to the one below when the time is right. Or stuff it with reference information. Who really knows until such ideas become reality?
Or here’s a different idea: hold the laptop like a magazine and then flip through the pages.
When can you buy it? Our friendly demo guy suggested within “a year or two”, but we shall see. These ideas are dreamt up by Intel, but it has no intention of putting them into action – it leaves that to laptop makers such as Asus and Lenovo.
And here’s another Intel dual-screen laptop concept…
This second Intel dual-screen laptop isn’t quite so wacky but it could turn out to be more practical. You have a second screen – again, very similarly to the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo – but this time it flips up so that it sits almost flush with the main screen.
Intel told us the hinge mechanism doesn’t actually add much weight to the device, despite the amount of strength you need to keep the screen in place.
It’s a clever idea, but doesn’t grab me in the same way as the Twin Rivers concept above.
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