A closer look at Intel Tiger Rapids dual-screen Windows 10 PC

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Intel Tiger Rapids tent mode
Image Courtesy: Cherlynn Low / Engadget.com

Intel’s got some great ideas. The project codenamed Tiger
Rapids is said to be the future of mobile computing. Intel
Tiger Rapids is a dual-screen prototype that runs full Windows
10 operating system, has a 7.9-inch LCD on one side and E
Ink panel on the other. Intel’s Tiger Rapids, the
conceptual prototype, was shown off for the first time at
Computex 2018.

People familiar with the matter believe that this is could be
the evolution of 2-in-1s. It might end up replacing the tablets
and laptops in a year or two. The smartphone isn’t quite
versatile or comfortable enough for productivity, and a
dual-screen device is going to fix this problem.

Intel has actually engineered the dual-screen Windows 10,
and the company has developed a software to power the E
Ink panel. The LCD panel boots Microsoft’s desktop operating
system. Intel Tiger Rapids isn’t really attractive, but
it’s a prototype device from a chipmaker after all.

One screen of the prototype boots Windows 10, so you can run
apps such as Word or Excel, the second screen lets you take
notes and it would appear on the first screen so that the user
can make use of it. For example, if you draw something on the E
Link panel, it’ll display on the first screen and it can also
turn the handwritten words into texts.

Intel Tiger Rapids keyboard
Image Courtesy: Cherlynn Low / Engadget.com

Intel Tiger Rapids is thin and light, and it sounds like an
alternative to Microsoft’s rumoured Andromeda (often referred
to as
Surface Phone).

One day the hardware partners would embrace the concept, turn
this into a retail product with further optimizations.

Intel claims you can get up to 6 hours of battery life out of
this in prototype form, and it’s likely that the company will
present an upgraded version of the Tiger Rapids at IFA 2018 in
Berlin.

It’s a note-taking machine, and surprisingly, it works
very well. The exterior of the device is impressive, but the
software fails to impress. Such a device would make more sense
with Microsoft’s rumoured
Windows Core OS.

Intel Tiger Rapids drawing pad
Image Courtesy: Cherlynn Low / Engadget.com

Interestingly, Intel for some reasons put a matte finish on the
LCD, and it still recognizes the stylus. The paper texture
of the display makes the writing experience feel more
realistic.

The E Ink screen also features a keyboard layout, but there’s a
noticeable delay while typing.

The device looks more like a book with a realistic feel. It can
fit nicely in hands, and this prototype uses an early version
of the Kaby Lake Y chipset.

We’ll see more dual-screen Windows 10 PCs later, and Microsoft
is also readying a new operating system for these devices.



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