A closer look at dual-screen Windows 10 devices, the future of PCs

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Dual screen Windows 10 PCs
Image Courtesy: Mark Hachman / IDG

Microsoft, Intel, Asus and the other PCs makers have
started picturing dual-screen Ultrabooks, with both sides
of the laptop-tablet now sporting LED screens. It looks like
the dual-screen setup may not be just for phones and pocketable
devices as the laptops will join the push soon, and some models
are likely on the horizon for public release.

Microsoft’s Surface 2-in-1 lineup is indeed innovative and
productive, and it will continue to exist, but evolving the
category is necessary to stay ahead. Google is on the rise
with its Chromebook vision, and the PC market is stagnant.
Microsoft has already modified Windows 10 to support digital
inking and improved multitasking. Windows 10 is almost ready
for dual-display PCs, and the concept begins to make sense.

Microsoft’s partners also see the PC industry moving toward in
the future in a similar concept. The flexible form factor is
not only innovative but also productive.

The dual-screen PCs are a trend that sooner or later more and
more tech companies would embrace. Let’s take a closer
look at dual-screen Windows PCs from Intel, Asus, Lenovo and
others.

Intel Tiger Rapids

Dual Screen PCs hinge
Image Courtesy: Mark Hachman / IDG

Intel is building its very own dual-screen PC with Microsoft’s
Windows 10, and the company at Computex also unveiled new
prototypes of a project codenamed Intel
Tiger Rapids. The prototype of Tiger Rapids
features two displays and electronic paper displays (EPD).

Intel used a hinge to connect two screens, and it helps the
device support multiple form factors. It’s a not a smartphone
or tablet. The device uses two large displays of 7-inch each.
The hinge appears to be the key feature of the device, as it
can help the dual-screen PC to turn from tablet to laptop
on the go.

The Tiger Rapids uses a 7.9-inch EPD display and it can
simulate regular paper feel, thanks to the special texture
coating on the display. It’s aimed at digital artists, and one
of the screens can be turned into a keyboard when typing.
Interestingly, despite the fact that it uses two large
displays, full Windows 10 and hinge technology, it could offer
up to 15 hours of battery life per charge. The device seems to
be appropriate for almost everyone looking to replace tablets
and laptop for on the go productivity.

Asus Precog

Asus Precog with Windows 10
Image Courtesy: Asus.com

Asus was also talking about the future of computing at Computex
2018, and the company presented its new project codenamed
Precog. Asus
Precog features two screens and it’s a laptop-form
factor device with regular screen size. They’re planning to
bring it to market in 2019, and it would run Microsoft’s
Windows 10.

The hardware we saw at Computex was impressive, although it
remains to be seen how Asus and Microsoft will get Windows 10
work with it. The future-looking conceptual hardware
platform also uses AI and Machine Learning to enhance the
experience.

Asus Precog
Image Courtesy: Asus.com

As the device is made of two displays, Asus is using
a virtual keyboard, and the company plans to
use proximity sensing tech and AI to show the keyboard
where you want. It might sound like a gimmick but it’s really
not. It’s a smart implementation, and it’s exactly the laptop
of the future you might have long dreamed of.

Asus would try to make it all work smoothly and smartly. So
it’s likely that Precog would be super expensive as it features
some serious innovative hardware.

Lenovo, Dell and Microsoft’s dual-screen devices

Lenovo at Computex also presented the Yoga Book 2 with
dual-screens, and one of the screens feature a virtual
keyboard. Lenovo hasn’t yet revealed the specifications of the
Yoga
Book 2, but it’s more or less an innovative dual-screen
device.

Microsoft and Dell are yet to announce their dual-screen
projects, but the reports have confirmed that software giant is
working on Andromeda (often referred to as
Surface Phone) and
Dell is working on Januss.

Back of Microsoft Andromeda

 

Microsoft’s Andromeda is projected to see daylight sometime
this year, and it would come in the form of the Courier.
Just like the Tiger Rapids, you would be also able to take
notes, draw the creative arts, make presentation notes and more
on the dual-screens of Andromeda.

Dell is also believed to be working on a dual-screen model, and
Januss would run on ARM chips. It’s likely that the device will
feature note-taking capabilities as well and it would be as
productive as a laptop.

None of the devices is a confusing amalgamation of
dual-screened laptops. It is exactly what the future of PCs
could be. What do you think of dual-screen Windows PCs? Let us
know your thoughts in the comments below.



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