Intel's dual-screen 'Tiger Rapids' concept PC isn't for consumers - it's for PC makers

Microsoft's and Intel's symbiotic role in the PC market earned them the moniker "Wintel." Thinking about Microsoft's Windows PCs provokes thoughts of the company whose processors have powered millions of PCs over the years. The "Intel Inside" marketing slogan once conveyed confidence to users that an industry leader's processors powered their PC.

Given Intel's dependency on the PC, the company has a vested interest in the industry's direction. If the PC market dips, which it has, Intel takes a hit. The converse is also true. Despite the company's sensitivity to shifts in the PC space, however, it is not a passive participant by any means.

For years Intel has been proactive in envisioning PC use cases and designing concept devices to inspire PC makers to build PCs for those scenarios. The response OEMs have had to this guidance influenced PC designs we've seen in the past, have today and will likely see in the future.

Intel's 7.9-inch Tiger Rapids Windows PC with one full HD LCD and one electronic paper display (EPD) is an Intel concept that fits within that paradigm. Unfortunately, this dual screen pocket PC is for OEMs, not consumers. Still, just as with its other concept's, Intel hopes OEMs will bring their take on this LCD/EPD dual screen device to market.

Related: Computex 2018 spotlighted dual-screen Windows 10 PCs — but are they just novelties?

Intel's guiding hand

At Computex 2018 an Intel rep said the company's goal was to share the level of innovation Intel has brought to the PC device ecosystem, how it works with OEM partners to create new device types and how it helps OEMs bring those devices to market. The rep highlighted how its ultrabook program and 2-in-1s were products of this strategy many years ago.

In the video, a host of ultrabooks and 2-in-1s, labeled with the year they launched, showcased the improvements OEMs made to the fundamental concepts Intel provided. The company used this historical context to preface its focus on two 2016 concepts: Pocket PCs and new duo display devices. Intel hopes these concepts will lead to a new class of mobile PCs that don't yet exist.

Interestingly, before introducing its more intriguing duo screen concept, Intel focused on a familiar Windows Pocket PC concept, which could be a full PC when docked and would carry a user's data while on the go. He boasted the device runs comparable to a fanless 2-in-1 PC. He shared Intel invested in this concept to see how small it could make a full core processor device for all the mobility benefits while providing all the power of a PC while at a desk. This mobile PC vision was advanced with Intel's investments in its Tiger Rapids dual screen concept the same year.

What's the use (case)?

The Tiger Rapids concept PC allows Intel to explore ways new kinds of content creation productivity experiences could be brought to highly mobile devices. The goal was to make a device that conforms to users needs. Given current workflow, collaboration and mobility trends, a full PC digital notepad says Intel may be onto something.

One of the current focuses in technology, and the target market for Microsoft's rumored Andromeda device is creatives, or lateral thinkers. These are people who process their thoughts in a non-linear fashion and find tools like notebooks indispensable for recording and processing ideas before presenting them to a larger group. Additionally, "creativity," the ability to address and solve modern challenges, is also a valued attribute in the modern workplace.

Thus, technology which complements the valued attributes of the modern workforce may get the support of OEMs, users, and business partners. Intel's Tiger Rapids concept PC is a full Windows 10 computer with access to all of the productivity tools users and businesses value for personal and professional productivity. An integrated electronic paper display complements this PC portion with active pen support. Intel gave this display the feel and texture of writing on paper with the goal of recreating the function of a paper notebook in a "highly mobile device," something creatives and lateral thinkers may embrace.

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Merging the notebook and PC

Whatever a user writes on the EPD portion of the Tiger Rapids concept PC efficiently transfers to Windows apps like OneNote on the PC portion. The EPD portion can also function as a keyboard for a laptop-like experience. OEM partners Asus and Lenovo have already created devices influenced by Intel's concept per Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group.

Intel (and Microsoft with Windows Ink and its rumored Andromeda digital journal) realize that even in a digital age traditional notebooks and Moleskines still play a significant role in professional and personal productivity.

Intel's Tiger Rapids mobile PC concept is meant to guide OEMs, as Intel did with ultrabooks and 2-in-1s, into embracing the traditional notebook's evolution as a symbiotic part of the mobile PC. So, though its not for consumers per se, in the long run, it is.

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  • andromeda is taking shape!!!
  • It will be a surprise if Andromeda is running an Intel chip.
  • By any other name these small devices are still considered a "tablet" to me. I'm all for different types of electronic devices. I like choice. These might fill a space for some. But don't try to tell me it's going to replace my computer. It won't. I like the dynamics though. Most people I know are going for bigger monitors for their home and office computers. And the notion these small dual-screen "PCs" will be successful is still up for discussion IMO. They will serve a purpose but how much so, just don't know at this time. I like the portability of these devices. They won't ever replace my laptop or desktop computer, but they certainly seem like they'll be handy for reading books, watching movies while on the go, and quickly browsing the web. I'm hoping they become a reality and hit the market soon.
  • I want that intel phone and dual screen tablet. Thats awesome!
  • Add a phone and I'm intrigued. But I'm not looking for some huge device. I'm not in the slightest interested in extra large phones foldable or not.
  • Did you see the device in the video. It’s a phone with dock. But that dual screen device is sick too.
  • From my POV this type of device could replace my laptop and (maybe my phone if I can make calls and receive SMS messages). It wouldn't be able to replace my desktop or work computer though (I mostly use Mac/Linux nowadays) but anything resembling personal computing it could have a potential of doing so. Heck it could even replace my blogging tasks or emailing, taking notes etc... it's not like I hate virtual keyboards either way.
  • I'm not sure ... my Tablet (Dell XPS 13 2in1) has already replaced my Laptop completly. With doubled power, it could also replace my work pc, with approx. 4 times the power my home gaming desktop.
  • Any product that is more than the retail cost of FireHD tablet and a Kindle together will relegate this to a Niche market. This looks like a Mashup of the aforementioned items in one device.
  • you mean klike the iphone was to htc home on windows mobile back in the day?
  • The real game changer is not Intel or ARM, it is Microsoft!!!! If u hear clearly reports and comments coming out of Computex 2018, we will see new category, one after another, made possible by the versatile twin WinCoreOS, CShell combination. The next race is which OEMs Consistently come out with more new categories. This killing twin combination is unexciting in ChromOS and Android, but totally non-existent is iOS. Disruption never gets old!
  • I own a Lenovo YogaBook which is real close to the ePaper device shown in the video. The only difference is the YogaBook uses a Wacom pen with real paper. I thought it would be the answer for my digital notetaking, but the reality is that it is extremely awkward to write outside of the app where the writing is applied (like in OneNote). I don't see an ePaper version changing this. I am convinced that the only solution worth waiting for is a true dual screen device that seamlessly lines up each screen to form one larger screen when opened flat. In work mode I could use a digital keyboard, or write directly in an app either with a clamshell or fully open configuration. In play mode I could open it flat for larger screen movie watching, or fold it over completely for a reading tablet. Show me this device Intel!
  • I agree, I can wait for the seemless screen, but if it's twin it needs to be exactly that a TWIN ! Not one screen and a deformed half cousin.
    Glad to hear rom someone with a proper experience of the Yoga book, thanks for your opinion RodPre it is a certainly an nformed one.
  • haha its not for consumers, that their favourite catchphrase. Guess what it doesn't matter because most people i know have android or apple phones and tablets, apples laptop seems to be increasingly popular in my town, desktop pcs are disappearing at consumer households, so im guessing it doesn't really mater what Microsoft feels is not for consumers, i see in the next few years their presence in the consumer market will shrink even more. Shame loved mobile but no consumer suport for years = good bye.
    Still cant make my start menu tiles look good without a third party solution and thats microsfts own software, shame they lost their mojo and cant follow through in software options and features. New tabs in edge still cant open to my choice orf or and my default home page.
  • The article is about intel, not Microsoft. 😉
  • Lol! On an article not about Microsoft?? Just move to a different os if you feel gaped and don't enjoy it. You are out here looking bad otherwise. Love ya, person. Get well soon.
  • Will MSFT solve the digitization of pen and paper? I can still make better detailed notes using pen and paper versus inking. I will say the Surface Pro comes a lot closer. Unfortunately, inking on a Surface Pro is still more cumbersome than pen an paper. I will say that I have not invested enough time to "learn" the various tools in OneNote. So maybe it is a lot closer than I perceive. If you can make an Andromeda device with phone and text capability, that may allow me to eventually ditch my 950. If it can link to my hearing aids, then the possible utility of Andromeda would be significant.
  • Tiger Rapids is a concept device. That's the entire point of this article. Wow.
  • Just give me something by the Surface team that fits in my pocket, makes phone calls/text, and runs full Windows,,,, I'm in.
  • Start saving money or ask someone to buy u as Christmas gift this year.
  • You and three other people are in. Windows on a phone will never work. Microsoft is wasting their time if they are justing going to throw Windows on a phone and call it Windows. Way too hard to market something like that let alone make it a good experience.
  • Microsoft is done with phones. They're not "wasting their time putting Windows on a phone."😉 I think we've established that a long time ago and it had been reiterated with leaks and patents regarding Andromeda They are however, putting Windows on a small folding PC: One of the many functions this PC will be capable of along with the range of Windows PC features, a digital inking focus and more is telephony, not as a focus, but a capability. It will be a new type of PC and will be positioned as such. Let's help Microsoft delivers on the messaging, that's going to be key.
  • Microsoft is not just creating another phone with Full Windows After loosing almost all of mobile market shares a few years back, Microsoft takes the long vision to put most of the "wish to have" features based on feedback from iPhone, Android and W10M, and wrap them under a New mobile/pocket casing - Surface Phone. However, market survey suggest almost all except a few visionary consumers will understand what would that mean to put all the missings into a new category, so we need a new name : Andromeda
  • A windows phone then. EDIT:...sorry a folding windows phone!
  • Well, that's a pity it will remain a proof a concept device for oems. It will have certainly come in handy for my new job.
  • Why not put swipe keyboard? I would personally like to work with Intel for fine tuning these designs. I have something really big in mind. Already shared that with Nokia idea centre but for some reason, they failed to understand it.
  • Everything already has swipe keyboards, this will be no different. Hey, I have this revolutionary idea as well!
    It's a bit tricky to explain, very technical...
    I cut a log into two slices and put a stick through the middle. you can use it to move things around without dragging them.
    I'm calling it the Whool. Want to invest?
  • E Paper? Noooooo! Screw that, it's a TERRIBLE IDEA! It's two full colour proper screens or nothing, the other is a disaster, absolutely laughable and a good way to send the twin screen concept back to the laughing stock and trash can. Whoever is going to make twin screeners, go with real screens like project precog. That was a SCARY video you guys just put up, I felt my dream of a twin screen device being crushed before my eyes. I might go and have a lie down.
  • I wouldn't mind having one device with both e-ink and lcd screens instead of having two separate devices now and having to transfer data between them.
  • Oh rubber tips like the Wacom 'flex nib' are perfect on a glass screen, for extra tooth. Forget e paper, it is STUPID.
    I love the twinscreen idea I want one right now.
    However why is the tiger rapid is that ridiculous handbag size? Too big for a pocket too small for usefulness.
    Who's this designed for. schoolgirls with computer science degrees? Or tech journos? Well if that's the demographic, it's fail time again.
    Don't listen to tech journos peoples!
    Oh besides Jason Ward of course, and Daniel and maybe Zak when he's medicated … and Lisa @mobile tech and Linus ( sometimes if you can bear the screech). :), Also that beardy dude who unboxes stuff... ummmm that's it I think...
    It does seem that tech journos are the only people giving feedback at these events.... that a very specific sounding echo
  • A lot of people think a pocket PC will never replace their desktop or laptop. I disagree. Small can be powerful in 2018. It really is amazing how computing technology has miniaturized in the last decade. The key to making a pocket PC really replace your legacy huge devices will lie with the design and availability of peripheral devices like docking stations and lapdocks. I don't own a desktop. I use a laptop for my pc; and I like to use it at various locations in the house. I think the laptop form factor is really hard to top, so I would want a lapdock to hook the pocket PC up to. And the lapdock has to cost significantly less than a laptop. In other words, buying a pocket PC and lapdock should cost you less than buying a flagship phone and laptop.
  • Almost all Sci Fi movies support the future personal computing involve foldable pocket device. Period. There is nothing special what Microsoft is about to do! Microsoft simply follows the hints coming from Sci Fi and engineers them into products for this coming Christmas. Period.
  • Folks it is interesting to note that the Microsoft "Courier" 2 screen tablet that Microsoft
    killed partially because it did not use developing Windows 8 software was ahead of
    it's time. Had Microsoft installed windows 8.1 on it and brought it to the Market place it
    would have sold very well to the business community. I urge Microsoft to make a
    2 screen 8 inch courier Type intel core M3 CPU Andromeda device with and without
    a built in Cell phone. you wont be able to put in a Person's pocket but it would
    be a nice Micro Mini Laptop PC
  • Or better yet, a folding phone Gregory.
  • Intel (and Microsoft with Windows Ink and its rumored Andromeda digital journal) realize that even in a digital age traditional notebooks and Moleskines still play a significant role in professional and personal productivity.LOOK FOR MORE REAL TECH.....
  • The attached link is Very effective way to kill futher discussions in Windows Central, time to leave WC
  • So long as these devices fill 3 criteria I'll be happy 1) Foldable device small enough to fit in your pocket, 2) It can make Phone calls, 3) it runs full windows (on arm or intel).
  • Whatever a user writes on the EPD portion of the Tiger Rapids concept PC efficiently transfers to Windows apps like OneNote on the PC portion.LOOK FOR MORE HIGH TECH.....
  • This is what I want! A device with comfortable reading and note-taking and a 'normal' screen for the fast and fluid UI stuff. As noted below, if running on ARM (with telephony) as Andromeda is rumored to, then it's an absolute game changer! Sizeable E-ink screens are expensive, though. I hope they find a way to cut costs.
  • Has anyone seen the foldable pcs on westworld???
  • Yes sir, we have😉. I used that idea to try to paint the picture of what Microsoft is doing in this piece here: Sci-Fi suggests a one device future -and Microsoft should pay attention