The market of foldable devices has been on its peak in the last year, where some of the tech giants showcased their foldable smartphones. And now, with the starting of 2020, the tech giants started teasing foldable PCs. At the CES 2020, Intel showcased its “Horseshoe Bend” prototype which is considered to be the world’s first 17-inch foldable OLED PC which is actually a full-fledged foldable laptop with a just display.
It’s a concept device based on research conducted by the company, which showed that end-users simply want a larger, foldable device. This prototype has been introduced to the world of technology by Intel’s Corporate Vice President of Mobile Platforms Group Chris Walker on the stage at CES 2020 on Monday.
This is actually a dream come true for tech geeks. Just think of t as a laptop with a single, foldable screen without a seam disconnecting the lid from the keyboard. Fully open the clamshell device and you will have a 17-inch display. Close the device, and it sports a 13-inch footprint.
At first, Walker didn’t reveal the hardware that powers this prototype, but he started demonstrating the possibilities that can be achieved with a PC like this. e showed how users could stream a video on the top portion and scroll through additional videos on the bottom portion. He then opened the prototype into display mode and streamed full-screen video.
With this prototype, one can have a desktop-like experience anywhere they go. They just have to carry a mouse and a keyboard, that’s it. Your own workstation is ready to execute your task no matter you are at your office, home, or away on business trips. One of the plus points with this prototype is the OLED display that consumed much less power as compared to the traditional LED display.
However, this is not the first time that we see a foldable PC like this. In the race of foldable PCs, Lenovo has taken the first place by showcasing the ThinkPad X1 Fold which is the world’s first foldable PC at CES 2020 just before the Intel’s prototype. However, the only difference between these two is the Lenovo foldable PC comes with a smaller 13.3-inch display as compared to the Intel’s huge 17.3-inch display.
As for the pricing, Horseshoe Bend-inspired machines won’t be cheap. If PC makers follow Intel’s advice, they’ll have dual webcams and four speakers so the PCs work in different orientations. Big screens cost a lot more even when they’re not flexible. And this system uses the Tiger Lake chip that itself is a premium product, the successor to Intel’s Ice Lake chips that arrived in 2019.
As for the availability, this Horseshoe Bend prototype is still in the research phase and the company didn’t mention any expected time when the company will be showcasing the first Horseshoe Bend inspired devices. But of course, its a great invention in the world of PCs that can make a huge difference.
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