Intel is not lacking in good ideas. When the entire industry is trying to find the next killer product after smartphones and tablets, it is also exploring various possibilities.
Now, The Verge editor Dieter Bohn saw the company’s development at Intel’s headquarters.Dual screen PC prototypeAnd from the interview, I learned about the company's new thinking about the personal computer business.
The PC market needs some new ideas, and Intel is trying to implement it.
At the Computerx 2018 show in June this year, Intel showed the industry a dual-screen prototype called "Tiger Rapids," which consisted of a full-touch LED main screen and an E-ink ink screen.
We hope that it will become something like Moleskine and become a notebook that can be carried around.
But this design is no longer the concept of staying in the lab. In August of this year, Lenovo introduced the second-generation Yoga Book C930 with this dual-screen combination, the upper part of which is a 10.8-inch 2560× 1600 resolution screen, and the other side is the ink screen, except as In addition to the touch keyboard, it can also be used as a PDF e-book reader and handwritten notebook.
Of course, there are innovations from Lenovo, but there are also ideas from Intel.
According to Dieter Bohn, as early as the beginning of 2017, Intel and Lenovo began to study the concept of dual-screen PC. Intel hopes to shrink the notebook's circuit board as much as possible, and the ink screen does not need to display the contents of Windwos, just as the main The screen accessories are just fine.
Lenovo, on the other hand, applied the idea that Intel gave to the original Yoga Book. It replaced the side that could only be used as a virtual keyboard with an ink screen. In addition to increasing the screen size, Lenovo also further optimized the ink screen, such as reducing the delay.
Today, Intel has embarked on the development of a second dual-screen device, code-named "Copper Harbpr."
Unlike before, the second screen of Copper Harbor is no longer the ink screen, but the same LCD screen as the main screen. You can make the display across two screens at the same time, so you can use it as an oversized one. The plate is used, but there is still a hinged part in the middle.
▲Copper Harbor. Image from:The Verge
In addition, you can use one screen to display the website and PPT content, and the other to take notes or type, just like a normal laptop.
A similar idea was born within Microsoft. Seven years ago, Gizmodo exposed a name calledCourierAt the time, the Apple iPad was still in the development stage, and Microsoft was almost secretly preparing for this new device focused on productivity.
However, Microsoft finally chose to put this project on hold. In addition to the inability of software development to progress in hardware development, Microsoft cannot answer a real problem internally.
Who will buy such a dual-screen device?
Traditional laptops will be replaced by something new, but no one is sure what it is.
In Intel's view, today's PC industry is already at a "crossroads", there are many signs that traditional laptops will be replaced by some new things in the future, such as the folding Samsung mobile phone that will be unveiled. Or it is the dual-screen PC device that Intel is currently showing.
And Microsoft Surface executives also have this aspect in the near future.Statement:
If you have a portable Surface device that can be put into your pocket, it will be my baby. We will choose the right time to manufacture the product.
▲ Yoga Book C930
However, is a dual screen PC a good idea? No one knows the answer yet. From what Intel showed to Dieter Bohn, we only saw a prototype rather than a commodity. It really has the possibility of a product form, but as long as there is no developer support, it is only a good vase.
Another key point is that these dual-screen devices will be more practical and better than traditional devices.
Of course, Intel has also been prepared for a long time. In the past few years, its attention has been dominated by many ideas that are not related to its core business. Although this has enabled Intel to win the enterprise market such as servers, it has also lost. The timing of doing CPU for smartphones is also under tremendous pressure from the ARM camp.
Now Intel is gradually returning to the areas that it is best at, in addition to the Internet of Things and various intelligent hardware, as well as the PC business.
After all, as long as we are still using a personal computer, as long as one of the concept products has passed the market verification and is accepted by the mass consumers, this is likely to become the ultra-thin craze from Apple MacBook Air, and the second driven by Microsoft Surface. After the evolution of the notebook, the revolution in the field of personal computers.
And that is the opportunity to belong to Intel.
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