Laptops are getting weird and wonderful again

Almost seven years have passed since Windows 8 first debuted. We have opened up a strange and cool notebook design era. I also witnessed the birth of Lenovo's Yoga laptop, Acer's amazing gymnastics, and the early stages of Microsoft's Surface line.

Computex is one of the world's largest computer and technology exhibitions and is an annual event.

Computex is one of the largest computer and technology exhibitions in the world. PC makers want to show off their latest notebooks and crazy concepts. Laptops have been focusing on better display, trackpad and battery life in recent years, but this year laptops with multiple screens are beginning to emerge.


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Intel's Honeycomb Glacier Concept

] HP is introducing dual-screen gaming laptops for gamers ahead of Computex, enabling them to see tweets and play games simultaneously. The auxiliary 6-inch display is mounted on the keyboard and works like a normal dual-screen monitor setup found on a desktop PC. Asus this week introduced a new ZenBook Pro Duo notebook with two 4K screens. Asus believes that it solves notebook productivity problems, thanks to its 14-inch screen on the keyboard and a generic 15-inch display that typically allows viewing the notebook screen.

Asus has developed some window management software to extend the main screen to a 14-inch panel on the keyboard or to use multiple windows on a wide display. Asus transformed the notebook's trackpad into a 5.5-inch display last year, experimenting and pushing the boundaries of what you would normally expect on a laptop.

Intel's idea for a dual-screen laptop. The "Honeycomb Glacier" is an Intel concept for the future of gaming PCs, and it tries to combine a 15.6-inch main display and a 12.3-inch secondary display into a single, double-hinged, unique notebook. The result is a laptop with a display stacked from multiple angles thanks to a mechanical one-way roller clutch. Intel is very optimistic about the design, claiming that PC makers are interested in adopting it for future laptops.

Intel also requires dual-screen laptops to be made into fabrics, and it is common to generalize dual-screen devices. We saw Microsoft using Alcantara fabrics on its Surface Laptop, and HP is using leather and wood on some laptops. Intel's concept is especially important when it comes to a new era of dual screen or flexible screen notebooks. Lenovo has been developing a "foldable PC" for over three years, and we already have a folded screen technology on the phone. It is only a concept now, but it implies where the PC manufacturer thinks this technology is going to go.

These strange designs and hardware do not require software. Last year I saw it with Lenovo's dual screen yoga book. Microsoft has not been able to popularize Windows SideShow, which previously extended applications and notifications to a small screen on a laptop when powered off.


laptops are getting weird and wonderful again

HP's Omen X 2S
Image: HP

PC makers can experiment with as much hardware as they can. Microsoft allows Windows to adapt to these new form factors. Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocket dual-screen surface device for years, but the project, codenamed Andromeda, is deadlocked inside the company.

Microsoft is preparing this new hardware with a new lightweight Windows version for its dual screen devices and Chromebook competitors. Microsoft is not officially recognizing Windows Lite. Windows Lite is a differentiated version of Windows that initially puts priority on dual-screen devices.

Microsoft wants OEM and Intel work on dual screen devices and be ready to support it properly. . The Windows Lite interface is similar to Windows as it is now, but it is a mix of the simplicity of the Windows Phone Continuum user interface that Microsoft uses with the Surface Hub shell.


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The Windows Lite model [19659016] Microsoft is gradually building a new Comable Shell (C-Shell) and Windows Core OS, which is a modular version of the existing Windows Shell that supports many parts of the new Windows® 10. Microsoft was going to talk about this at the company's build conference earlier this month, but it is hinting at the future of "modern OS" for Windows.

Software work really gets off the new dual screen laptop. Some are suitable for gaming laptops, but small devices that can compete with mobile phones offer a suspicious advantage. Google also plans to provide basic support for folding stuff on Android, and it already has the advantage of a mobile platform to reduce the gap between mobile phones and tablets.

But that does not stop the PC manufacturer. We've seen wild 2-in-1 PCs for years, and we've seen foldable displays, new hinges and this dual display make laptops really strange and cool.

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