Secondary displays might have started to appear in the smartphone landscape though Intel seems keen to introduce something similar on the laptop as well. The chipmaker’s take on a dual screen gaming laptop is sure a bit funky, as it is outrageous in its concept as well as implementation though it sure isn’t a gimmick.
Also, Intel’s attempt at a dual screen laptop is another way to highlight the processing power of its 45W Core i9 processor which the company is keen to showcase can handle dual screen and gaming with perfect élan. The laptop, however, belies its functionality with its design which mimics any laptop, save for a bit of heft that it possesses. That again can be passed off to be akin to any gaming laptop though the real magic unfolds once the laptop is opened.
This reveals the primary 15.6-inch 1080p display though pulling the same up will reveal another screen of 12.3-inch dimension and 1920 x 720 pixel resolution. This also reveals a new dual hinge design which thankfully is robust enough to hold aloft two displays without any of them faltering a bit.
Deploying the dual screen isn’t too big of a chore either and can be adjusted to just about any angle that the viewer deems fit. Folding it back down is equally simple as the user just has to press a button on the left to make the secondary display to fold back down on the main chassis.
Also, of course, there is enough software optimization introduced to ensure the secondary display isn’t just a design fad. Instead, it is there to genuinely add to the functionality by serving as an extension of the main display. Or you can simply use the extra screen real estate for some multitasking without hampering anything that is happening in the main screen.
What that means is that users can engage in a chat session on the secondary screen or catch up with some video or additional text for reference without disturbing the display in the main screen. Also, with the second hinge being at the eye-level thanks to its very design, that makes for a genuine case for the fitment of Tobii eye-tracking camera, which again can serve as an additional aid to help in game playing or anything else.
Intel has also intelligently used the space under the hinge for fitment of an elaborate cooling mechanism, something extremely important to keep things cool given that the 8-core Intel Honeycomb Glacier CPU and Nvidia GeForce 1060 graphics is expected to produce when in full blast. Also, there are enough cut-outs and vents around to allow for a smooth flow of air.
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In the end, lest anyone gets too excited, all of it surely is a prototype of a device which serves more like a template for any manufacturer who might be keen to replicate the same. It remains to be seen how soon if at all, the above form factor makes its way to any real device that buyers can bring home.