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Intel is cooking up dual-screen PC prototypes of its own

Folding, dual-screen PCs look like they'll be the next big segment that PC manufacturers dip their toes into. Microsoft's long-rumored Andromeda device immediately comes to mind, but Dell is also rumored to be working on one. Now, it appears Intel is getting in on the dual-screen game with a pair of prototype devices of its own.

PC World (via The Verge) recently took a tour of Intel's Santa Clara headquarters, where the company showed off a couple of reference designs for dual-screen PCs that have been years in the making. One design codenamed Tiger Rapids, pairs a traditional 7.9-inch LCD display with an electronic paper display (EPD) on the right. The goal, Intel explained, was to provide an experience that caters to people used to quickly jotting notes in a traditional notebook, and the EPD display attempts to mimic the feel of writing on paper.

Tiger Rapids is powered by a Kaby Lake processor, an SSD, and is described as "skinnier than an iPhone 8 at 4.85mm thick."

A second dual-screen prototype is also being worked on in Intel's labs, albeit without a code name. The design is similar to Tiger Rapids, but with a traditional display panel on each side. The displays can be rotated between traditional laptop or tent modes, and everything in between. While in laptop mode, users type on the glass of the bottom display.

Both prototypes call to mind Lenovo's 2016 Yoga Book and, indeed, Intel confirmed that devices from Lenovo and ASUS being shown off at Computex 2018 are inspired by Tiger Rapids.

As reference designs, Intel will never bring these devices to market itself. Rather, it will leave that work up to its hardware partners. Still, as Windows 10 on ARM PCs continue to gain momentum, offering a tantalizing base for potential future dual-screen devices, Intel's exploration of the concept is important.

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 daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

95 Comments
  • I think it's cool that we are seeing momentum in this new category, but I hope Andromeda and Januss are cooler that these designs.
  • The question begs how long will these be around. Sure they may get some love early because some will want to jump on the new "toys". But what real staying power will they have is the question. I'll be looking from the outside because I don't see a need for me at this moment. Unless one of these devices proves to have a better view of reading books. If not, at this time it won't be on my Christmas list anytime soon.
  • Everyone says the same about every new innovation in PC. Go back to the original Surface days and it was all "Who needs a pen?" "Floppy keyboards, lol, no thanks!" "It's too small" "It's bad at being a tablet and worse at being a PC", etc. It was a few years that people totally blew off the 2-in-1 category. Now, it's the fastest selling (next to gaming). That doesn't mean this will be a hit, but we need to wait and see what happens and give them a chance to grow, innovate, and learn.
  • I still don't know anyone who owns a Surface or a Windows tablet.
  • Go to any airport or any sizable business. I hadn't for a long time, but now see them all the time. Also don't look for them in the Apple store 😉
  • Loll. Why the Apple store? I didn't say i don't own the device, i said i haven't met one who owns one.
  • I had a surface 3. Loved it except apps I wanted for travelling were not available for windows. Therefore, I sold it and now run iPads. Much better.
  • I've never seen anyone at my company of over 6,000 use a Surface. A lot of iPad Pro's, MacBooks and Dell laptops though. The people I have seen using Surface devices in airports, etc., have never been using a pen. Maybe for some people it makes sense, but I just don't get inking at all. I can't see any use case for myself, and since I have never, ever seen anyone use a pen, I must not be alone.
  • I'm using the pen a lot.
  • My cousin bought a Surface Pro just to use the pen during his clinicals. He absolutely loves it.
  • Where do you live Mars?
    Either that or you don't work in a corporate office. Surfaces are in the hands of most execs who are just ultra mobile consumers of information.
  • Johannesburg. I see iPads and androids.
    Those execs have normal laptops.
  • Never seen one here. I'm in Cape Town, and I work there at the airport.
  • Execs at my company use iPad Pro to consume their data. I myself use a huge Dell laptop. but it would be nice having something smaller and better battery life to do some tasks when I am out in the field.
  • @Hiswona, you know Daniel Rubino?
  • For all i know he's a bot
  • well now you're just pulling at straws lol. I can't say I see them EVERYWHERE, but I definitely see them out in coffee shops, airports, libraries, at work. When windows phone/mobile was a thing, I would genuinely be surprised if I saw someone else with it. But surface has been a different story. In fact, I work at a well known hospital/medical school and I just saw in the medical library they got a new surface studio.
  • Truness!
  • Also, man one thing I've noticed is that those Surface books look like MacBooks if you're not careful.. You've probably seen a Surface.
  • Lol, are you for real? the Surface Book look absolutely nothing like the MacBooks.... maybe the Zenbooks and MateBooks (which is not a bad thing, cause I like both of them as well)... but the Surface devices are truly unique on design.... Specially the Surface Book... there is nothing like it yet in looks.
  • Yes, they do from a glance, walking by, 10 feet away...
    .......
    The point isn't about how similar they actually look side by side. The point is that Surface products are out there, and people are buying them.
  • Yes, I'm at the airport everyday, and Surface is very popular.
    ........
    Now, if you're at Putt Putt everyday I'm sure hand me down iPhones, and cheap Android devices, are everywhere.... This could solve your conundrum... 😛😛😛😛😛
  • Cough bullshit cough.
  • Funny cause I have a Surface Book, my mom a Surface Pro 3, my best friend a SB as well, and an uncle the SB with Performance Keyboard.... Thats 3 people in my close circle.... and I will keep recommending them to Windows users.... (and to some MacOS users that are willing to change)
  • I'm a classroom school teacher. Surface devices are more prominent that Apple now, this was not the case going back 5 years or so...
  • I just bought a Surface Pro two weeks ago! 🙂
  • I work in a government department and they are everywhere.
  • Yepers
  • you don't know too many people then.. I own a surface book
  • Same here. But that is all because they cost more than my Lumia 520 did when I entered the smartphone era. I know plenty of people who own 2 in 1s, but there are other vendors making them. You don't need Microsoft there. Something you would not get from Apple; choice.
  • You should get out more.
  • Yep, they look great to me. Love the look of the new Lenovo Book as well. My Windows tablet is great, but too big at 8 inches (+ bezel) and a bit slow, so the new stuff could take the right direction for me. But... I need it to fit in my pocket or I'll just end up having to have a smart phone too and I've had enough of those things to last me a lifetime. As soon as they can get these things down to the size suitable for a not-Phone I'll be very interested.
  • LOL! :) I'm glad I didn't listen to those naysayers! Because I absolutely love my SP3! I will always own a Surface tablet/laptop. I'll stay consistent though. I, and let me stress this "I" currently do not see this type of device in my stable of devices. I have an 8 inch device and I mainly use it for reading and watching movies when I travel. Oh yeah, I use it to control my music to my SONOS system. I don't play games on it nor can I do any type of real work. My SP3 on the other hand is a must device for me. It's a tablet and a laptop can't beat that. Granted mindshare shift every few years on electronic devices. I see an early rush on these, it's just hard for me to see staying power.
  • The Surface 3 is so cool... My only two complaints are the limited 3 position stand, and it just needs more noodles. A slightly more powerful processor, and another gig of ram, could've made a huge difference.... I would bring up USBC, but considering the period that wouldn't be fair... The Surface3 is so nice I want to be able to fold it up, and take it everywhere with me. To me that device is a no brainer.
  • Microsoft would have no brains to make such a device. Another over, whether it folds or not, is a mistake if it is running Windows. Microsoft needs to move forward with a new mobile device, not stay stuck in the past with Windows.
  • Okay Bleached, I might think this type of device is not for me, but making the claim that Microsoft should rid themselves of Windows in a word is - stupid. C'mon man!
  • I dunno. I mean obviously they shouldn't just dump Windows because, legacy. If you look at Windows 10 market share it's about on par with Windows 7, and that's after aggressively pushing it as a free upgrade for the first year. Their mobile OS is failed & dead along with most of their consumer products. How do they continue to be relevant in computing? This terribly named Core OS idea might be their next play, take some Windows code, eff around with it & put it on weird form factors with the hopes one is a success. Android was based off the Linux kernel, MS might try the same thing a decade later. They can't just keep dinking around with transparency effects and call that progress. They have unlimited resources. They have no excuses. Make something new.
  • I won't argue with you with the name Windows as a marketing name is no good. I wholeheartedly think it was an error by Microsoft to link their phones to the name Windows. I think that severely hurt their efforts. But Windows as a product is awesome to me. Windows 8.X was the absolute best version I think. I may be in the minority but that's what I think.
  • And I think Win2k was the best version, but technology doesn't stop for us when we have devices we like. I really don't get their need to keep windows going. Google has Project Fuscia or whatever they're calling it now, the OS after Android, recognizing that Android isn't going to last forever.
  • You're a complete idiot. And, they fact that you would reply to me, and not know what my reply is gonna be, proves it...... Once again, NO. GTFOH
  • Do we have Win7 IOT, AR, MR, IOT, ARM, Xbox back then? Windows 10 not the old Windows.
  • My only scepticism is that it seems like the current Microsoft has a hard time sticking with an initially struggling device, The Surface took until it's third version before its worth was truly discovered, I don't know if the current Microsoft would wait three generations on Andromeda if it doesn't become a hit out of the gate. I realise that the original surface isn't that old but a lot has changed at MS in the last six years. I am more than happy to be wrong though.
  • Surface? I have extensively used a pen on my Tablet PCs since 2002.
  • Was it a pen or a pointer stick? I had one in the past too but it was only for tapping on the screen. Not to draw and write.
  • Yes, even if the first versions aren't perfection there's still 1,234,567,456,999,999.3 years left before this universe is sucked into a massive black hole.
    .....
    It'll be ok, people🙄🙄🙄
  • Lol
  • 😂😂😂
  • Hey, after all, it's not like the very first iPhone was this perfected device. It was the prof of concept that got it where it is today.
    Andromeda, and other devices alike, most definitely won't be terrific until 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th generations. The first laptop computers definitely weren't. Lol
  • I disagree. The first laptops were amazing and the old Atari Portfolio pocketable PC was just fantastic. It certainly helped bring down Cyberdyne and saved us all from those naughty Terminators well enough... :-)
  • The original iPhone was amazing compared to the competition. It immediately killed all previous smartphones. That was a terrible example.
  • No..... Why are you here?
  • You would really argue that the iPhone wasn't game changing in 2007? Makes sense, Microsoft didn't think so either and now Apple regularly outsells all Windows devices combined.
  • Not if they stick with the original iPhone only. They have improved it year over year, so it is selling well now.
  • It was weirdly limited, but had the cool factor & was a new form. The app store is what changed the game & made them billions in the process.
  • No, why are you here?
  • Game changed after AppStore is introduced.
  • Intel works on smart glass and gave up. Not surprise that it is a marketing gimmick
  • I'm interested in seeing what software devs do with this form factor that is more convenient to use than on their single-screen tablet cousins. After all, computing is all about the software.
  • I love that hinge. Looks like the old plastic coil books!
  • Until the thing uncoils and half of the device falls off. ~
  • doesn't look like that would easily happen.... It actually reminds me of the Yoga line, and that hinge design is pretty solid.
  • I think he was making a joke about what would inevitably happen with those ring coil books. I don't think he actually believes that will happen with the device.
  • I'd like to see a music production focused Ultramoble PC...
    I'd also like to see a imagining focused Ultramoble PC...
  • You would like to see Microsoft waste time and money on hyper niche uses that would still be dominated by MacBooks?
  • Nobody said anything about MS, pathetic parasitic troll.
    But, yes...... Why are you here?
  • Because he cannot separate himself from Windows, Microsoft and WC no matter how much he bashes them! Another word, he is obsessed with commenting!
  • I've noticed through the years that the biggest, most idiotic, most pathetic, most annoying trolls are the ones like this gick who have very low end Android devices because their parents are too worthless, lazy, and poor to buy them at least decent midrange devices...
    .......
    The question remains, why do they come to WC to find help with their cracked out mommy issues? They need to grow the fuq up, get a decent job, and do things to make themselves feel better, like the rest of us.
  • Sorry, we want Microsoft to do new and innovative stuff, not continue making the same mediocre devices that failed time and time again. Nothing named Windows will be successful with consumers, they need something new and mind blowing. Targeting enterprise will not work either. Enterprise is like hospice for tech companies.
  • Troll.
  • So you don't want it to run Windows?!
  • Troll
  • waaaaahhhhhhh troooooooooollllllllll Crybaby! Pacifiers Isle 3 Rodney, Your mommy has a bottle waiting upstairs for you after your diaper change.
  • If I were Intel I'd be absolutely bricking it now that Windows on Arm looks like the next big thing. Microsoft wants those "intel inside" stickers to go away. The Intel brand is synonymous with being stuck behind a desk, chained to a machine, doing boring crap. The word intel just conjures up a non-mobile image of servers, desktops and dull work. Every updated version of snapdragon is going to improve the windows experience on arm architecture. 5 years from now, I suspect it'll be next to impossible for the average user to tell the difference between WoA and traditional windows on intel. It's a real shame. I was lucky enough to tour an Intel foundry in Dublin about 20 years ago. Those guys were absolutely nailing it. They were light years beyond the bleeding edge of processor technology. Where did it all go wrong? How could such a bright bunch of guys drop such a ******* in future computing? Why are they struggling to get their silicon mobile friendly?
  • Nah, Acorn were always in front of the rest of the world since the Archimedes and ARM has been operating significantly over the horizon ever since.
  • True, but all the same, Intel just had everything to play for, but no matter how much money and engineering they've thrown at it, they just cannot seem to get to grips with an ultramobile world. Can you imagine a world with super lightweight AR glasses and full windows on a wafer thin, foldable device that lasts for days between charges....on intel?? I can't, because they can't.... I don't want to rough intel up too much here. After all, every windows fan has benefited from their silicon technology over the past 25 years...but dayum, they've totally crapped the bed when it comes to the next generation of mobile computing :(
  • Ha, found my old Archimedes at the back of the attic a few months back.
    I should donate it to a museum or something
  • Interesting point. 🤔🤔🤔
  • @Jcmg62. Intel is absolutely bricking it, they got utterly complacent and it's biting them in the ass. They now face competition from ARM in the low to mid tier and AMD across the board.
    I would love to see AMD and ARM partner up. As it would be mutually beneficial it will enable AMD to hit lower TDPs which has been their archilles heal along side achieving always on connectivity and it will enable ARM to be able to incorporate technologies that will enable them to bridge the gap between tablets and Desktop PCs. Thus bringing more competition to the market, which inturn would mean intel will have to reduce their prices. All this is a win-win-win scenario for consumers.
  • I wouldn't call them "bricking it". If you want a powerful machine, Intel is still your only option.
  • Funny to talk about Windows 10 on ARM as driving this and building demand for these form factors, when ARM is Intel's nemesis. :-) Glad for the chip competition. But poor Intel. They're getting it from both sides -- ARM for low power chips gaining processing power and AMD on performance and pricing for straight x86/x64 chips.
  • That is their fault. They got fat and happy the last decade plus "owning" desktop and laptops. Innovation center only as needed due to market dominance.
  • Poor intel?
    What goes around comes around. Intel for a long time has been the marketplace bully and now they are backed into a corner.
  • I've worked closely with Intel for the last 20 years and can say they've been here before. Anyone remember the Pentium 4? The AMD Athlon destroyed it and made them rethink everything. Intel has been laying back with Core ever since. Now they're feeling the heat from AMD, Qualcomm, and Nvidia, it's sink or swim time. History has shown they can swim with the best of them. I'm looking forward to some amazing products in the next 5 years!
  • Unlike back then ARM and Smartphones weren't really in the forefront. Now they have some serious competition and they will have to reduce prices at some point.
  • This would be great for mobile battleship, if it was folded like a tent!
  • Saw this article earlier on verge, and I thought I'd wait for @danielrubino and/or @zacbowden input as I figured they got the meat and sauce for these dual screen sketches.
    The prophecy of Andromeda realised.
  • While I am anticipating a Windows based foldable device eagerly, Intel doing it just seems weird. First off I think at present ARM serves these sort of devices better. Think the new Qualcomm 850. Secondly if Intel really wants to go mobile it should focus more on developing a battery sipping chipset that can compete with ARM on small form factor fanless devices. Will wait to see the product itself to pass final judgement, but Intel, foldable device? Seems likes they have better things to focus on at present.
  • Everyday is exciting with these news and as rumors come to life ;) So long, haters and trolls.
  • At that size, and with a current Intel processor inside that dual screen device will have miserable battery life. My hopes for portable devices lie meanwhile with ARM/Qualcomm.
    Intel will either have to do dramatically better, or step down and let others offer real portable Windows devices - at more reasonable prices too.
  • Intel with dual panels running Windows reminds the same old typical scapticm of short battery life. This scapticm converts to new optimism with dual panels running on WinOnArm
  • I would love a new windows phone. They always have the best camera's (MASSIVE SELLING POINT). If they have the features of a surface that automatically improves it. PWA's will help the app gap, and double screen will result in easier multitasking. Inking and the pen is also a great opportunity, I just hope they back it up with great video and photo editing tools. It would be great to know when Microsoft plan on releasing the surface phone......or at least confirm they are developing it....and if any date is put out there don't over promise and under deliver, make the date realistic and keep to it. Otherwise people get disappointed.
  • If they could add a real keyboard that snaps to the bottom of one of the panels where you can use in tent mode, that'll be perfect.
  • After seeing that sketch I remembered Journal software in Windows 7, does someone know why this was removed from Windows 10? I think OneNote could be the reason, however OneNote does not have that UI that looks a lot like a notebook.
  • Gabriel Hernandez5, Will can Microsoft Whiteboard take the place of the Windows 7 Journal software?
  • It's a good start. It's really up to microsoft now and how much they'r e willing to put resources into improving the tablet experience. Then I could see myelf this formfactor and user interface being valuable enough to use and recommend others to use. Based on this prototype these things need high priority: 1. improved tablet user interface and user experience
    2. support ALL languages for input methods. The support for keyboard swipe and autosuggestions is poor compared to windows 10 mobile. Also Cortana needs priority to support more languages and regions out of the box. At this point focussing on English and a measly 14 other languages, compared to the language packs is just not a feasable value proposition for regional and local markets. It's up to microsoft now to be serious in their business.
    3. improved ink-to-text recognition, inline. No more surrogate handwriting panel via de onscreen keyboard. inking in textfields and ink-to-text conversions needs to be natural and intuitive via the textboxes and ink panels. The handwriting panel to too desktopy. And add a user input library for new words and handwriting samples natively in the OS, easily accesible for fast improvement of the recognition experience. possibly with an AI plugin for better recognition if possible. With regard to point 1: -support autorotate of snapped apps between landscape and portrait orientation in tablet mode. For the longest time this is locked in windows 10 (mindboggling in todays age!), only possible via a 90's solution of turning off tablet mode, rotating the device, turning on tablet mode on again (-mind blown-!) -support for snapping apps one above the other in portrait orientation. it's been ubiquitous on smartpohones for years with multitasking and makes sense. The side by side snapping in tablet mode with a narrow width for many apps is cumbersome to use and the rewrapping of content leaves to be disired for a good way to consume and access app content. -a mobile UI. Make the start screen default for a more fluid mobile UI experience on the go. The desktop is not the way to go anymore. Windows 10 mobile UI is great as a mobile UI experience for these formfactors. It's in microsoft's repository and still in use. Tablet mode supports it, only needs to be refined with improved functionality of the live tiles (more and different sizes, support for pinning all file types, consider pusching for interactive tiles etc.) -improved UI design with regard to task management. I think there is still merit to the fast app switchting that we know from windows 8, animations could be more fluid when switching apps. Search could be in the action center, just like windows 8, for a more clean UI, and less of an overcrowded UI, with task and sidebars. support for accessing applist as a swipe up from the bottom, just like in windows 8. option to turn off sets and timeline (my app behavior and usage is quite consistent. the older task switching is just fine for me, I don't need a large list, with timeline, to see what I did in the last 30 days. overkill. It may be convenient for some, but not all).