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Intel's beautiful dual-screen concepts show what laptops could be in 2 years

por Maryanne Thomson (17-06-2019)

id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Intel has changes in store for laptops.

Daniel Van Boom/CNET Laptops have gotten thinner and smaller, but their basic design hasn't really radically shifted. Intel thinks that will change within two years. 

At Computex 2019, the chipmaker brought several proof-of-concept devices that show what laptop makers like Asus, Dell and HP can do with its tech. The common denominator across the devices? Dual screens. Keyboards, it seems, will soon be so 2019.

First up is the Ultrabook concept, Twin Rivers, a futuristic take on thin-and-light laptops like the Dell XPS. It combines two 12.3-inch touchscreen displays, with the bottom display having an on-screen keyboard, like one you get on a tablet. However, the concept also comes with a physical bluetooth keyboard that fits atop the display for longer sessions.

This concept isn't unheard of. Lenovo's Yoga Book series is comprised of laptops that have onscreen, e-ink keyboards rather than a physical one. Jim Johnson, general manager at Intel, 발기부전약 told me attachable keyboard design was inspired by feedback from Lenovo. He also said we'd see designs like this on the market "imminently," but another Intel rep gave a more tempered "one to two years" timeframe.

Twin Rivers works in laptop form, tent form and cookbook form, the latter of which Intel showed off with a comics app. These were developed using Intel's Whisky Lake CPUs, and a rep from Intel said the newly announced and more efficient Ice Lake chips will make devices like this easier to craft.

A Bluetooth keyboard fits snugly atop the second display.

Daniel Van Boom/CNET The new cookbook.

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