What you need to know
- Dell showed off two concept PCs it's working on in the foldable screen and dual-screen space.
- The Concept Duet gives you two screens to work with, similar to the Surface Neo.
- The Concept Ori packs a folding display with a more tablet-like experience when its unfolded.
Alongside its Concept UFO handheld gaming PC, Dell took to CES 2020 to show off two more concept devices for the PC space. One, the Concept Duet, is similar to Microsoft's upcoming Surface Neo, featuring dual displays separated by a bezel. The other, dubbed Concept Ori, takes things a step further with a folding display, much like Lenovo's recently announced ThinkPad X1 Fold.
The Concept Duet packs two 13.4-inch displays that give it the look of a notebook. The focus for Dell with the Duet is to make multitasking more efficient. With a pen- and touch-first emphasis, Dell imagines scenarios in which you'll compare and edit images or documents on each display. Even mundane tasks, like checking your email, can be enhanced by allowing you to take notes on the second screen as you read.
The Concept Ori, meanwhile, includes a 13-inch screen that folds like a book to be easily carried around. "This 'seamless' experience is perfect for reading articles in vertical mode and scrolling down the page, watching movies and more," Dell says in a blog post (opens in new tab) revealing each concept. "You could switch between the single screen experience with stunning visuals, your favorite apps, and great pen experience; or a dual screen experience that opens new avenues for multitasking and notetaking – and everything in between."
There's no word on what kind of hardware is powering either of these concept devices. It's important to note, too, that these are just concepts. There's no doubt we'll see dual-screen and foldable devices from Dell in the future, but they may not look exactly like the concepts shown here.
However, one thing's for certain: foldable screens and dual displays are the next big frontier for PCs.
Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*crickets* Probably because Windows 10 looks terrible on this and Microsoft is probably years away from finishing 10X. They are already blowing it.
But the central hinge is too thick.
Well it's great that more devices are made in this category.
Hopefully on the Duet there will be a way to have the taskbar only show on one screen. Or at least to have different task icons available per screen.
You’ve managed to come up with a name even worse than Microsoft’s. Well done, Sir.
Duo or Duet
There is no try.
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