From the beginning, rumored folding flexible screen phones will be launched, and by February this year, Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X fold Screen mobile phones have been born one after another, and the technology industry has completed the leap of folding screen devices from 0 to 1. From the intense discussion of Samsung Fold, Huawei Mate X's folding screen form is good inside or outside fold, or whether the price of 2000 dollars or 2299 euros is high, it means that the folding screen mobile phone has appeared, but whether it can be big Scale applications should also be marked with a question mark. Aside from the smart phone, the notebook market has also opened up a new era because of the emergence of dual-screen. Today, Xiaobian will come to see you the newly released dual-screen notebook.
The concept of dual-screen notebook was born
The dual screen and foldable screen of the smartphone was born One of the most important stimuli is the display of large screen content. And for a dual-screen notebook,In fact, the area of a single screen is already large enough, so I agree that the dual-screen notebook is a new form of tablet that expands from a single screen to a dual screen, greatly increasing productivity.
Speaking of "tablet", there is information that the concept was actually held by Microsoft in Las Vegas in the fall of 2001. The computer was first proposed at the distributor exhibition conference. But the real prototype of the device was the later Microsoft Courier, and it was similar to a booklet at first.
Microsoft Courier is the codename of the booklet PC in Microsoft's rumor. It was first reported in 2008 and the project was cancelled in 2010. The device will contain dual touch screens facing each other in the shape of a booklet, and will Use the stylus and finger touch to enter. Microsoft has said that it is actually incubating the device, but it will not release the device. The device will be hinged like a book, and when the "book" is closed, the seven-inch screen will face the fold. Also included is a 3 megapixel digital camera that supports 4x zoom. The report shows that the system was developed primarily outside of normal development channels, and only a few key engineers knew about the project. The project was considered Codex and InkSeine. Inheritor, this is Microsoft's early two research work.
Microsoft previously classified the project as an "incubation" project, which is more than a "research" project. Further, but not yet in the commercial channel. In October 2017, several media reports that Microsoft is developing a new foldable screen device, codenamed "Andromeda (Andromeda)",It is based on the concept of Courier.
But after the birth of Apple's iPad, the concept of the tablet was carried forward, Microsoft's Surface tablet computer created a Windows two-in-one tablet computer first, after the rough and finally stood firm.
The concept of a dual-screen notebook can be thought of as a tablet device with two touchable screens hinged.
Microsoft in-house display of dual-screen Surface prototype: notebook opens a new era
Microsoft Surface has Becoming a benchmark in the Windows platform for portable computers, but if you want to continue to maintain your edge, you must continue to innovate. It seems that Microsoft is already in the new shape.
According to foreign media reports, Microsoft recently held a show-off event, and the long line of employees witnessed the dual-screen version of the Surface prototype video.
The rumors about the dual-screen or folding screen Surface have been rumored for a long time, and it is said to have been code-named Centaurus (Centre of Centaur) for at least two years.
Microsoft Information Web site Windows Central first reported the Centaurus codename in December last year, which is more similar to the concept of Microsoft Courier tablet, not the company Previously launched Andromeda, a small "portable" Surface device. Microsoft has stopped the Andromeda project and turned to the development of the larger Centaurus.
The Surface team is showing new hardware inside Microsoft before it is officially announced. This is a very unusual behavior, but we know that Microsoft is working hard to get rid of the traditional security model. Microsoft has been building a variety of dual-screen prototypes for Surface hardware. But the fact that it began to show Centaurus devices to employees more broadly indicates that the company is about to launch its final product. Microsoft may launch the product in the next six months.
If Microsoft continues to launch the device, Centaurus will also be one of the first Windows Lite devices. Microsoft is preparing a new lightweight Windows system for dual-screen devices and Chromebook competing products. The internal code name is "Windows Lite", which was originally developed for dual-screen devices such as Centaurus.
Intel is also always pushing The original device manufacturing merchant created this new hardware category,Future machines may look a lot like Microsoft's Courier concept, dual-screen laptops, and even collapsible displays. Intel showed some concepts last year, but we know that Microsoft has been working closely with Intel on its Surface Centaurus device.
Microsoft has never officially confirmed the existence of Andromeda or Centaurus. Panos Panay, the father of Microsoft Surface, explained in an interview last year: "This is definitely my baby." He refers to a portable Surface device and said: "We will invent, We will create at the right time, but we won't launch new categories of products in areas that users don't need."
Microsoft Surface team is always on new hardware It’s as deep as it is, but this time we don’t care about confidentiality to make such a generous display. It’s not difficult to guess that Microsoft is not only confident in dual-screen computers, but also expected to launch in the next six months.
In addition, in order to adapt to the dual-screen UI, Microsoft has built a Windows Lite system based on Windows Core OS.
It is worth mentioning that in mid-May, Lenovo released the world's first foldable screen computer prototype ThinkPad X1 in the United States, which was 13.3 inches 2K after deployment. OLED, after folding is 3:2, 9.6 inches.
Codename "Honeycomb Glacier" Intel dual-screen gaming notebook prototype to get started
Recently, the foreign media The Verge had the honor to visit a semi-open laboratory at Intel Santa Clara headquarters In addition to the dual-screen notebook Twin River reported earlier in this site, it also showed a powerful game prototype equipped with two screens - Honeycomb Glacier. As a multinational chip manufacturer, Intel is outside the production processor. It also cost huge R&D funds to build new markets for these chips, and started the Project Athena project very early, building deeper collaboration with many partners to build the next generation of computer devices for consumers.
Notebooks that meet the Project Athena standard require not only fast data transfer and a fun gaming experience, they are ready to go, full charge can last for a whole day, and have more advanced features. The first batch of equipment is expected to be available for sale this year.
And sometimes they will create a forward-looking and benchmarking PC for the industry, such as Intel’s dual screen Tiger Rapids prototype became Lenovo’s Yoga Book C930 last year.
In 2019, Intel targeted the gaming notebook. The Honeycomb Glacier prototype presented a 15.6-inch 1080P main screen and a 12.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1920*720.I hope to provide players with a more powerful and comfortable gaming experience.
In the past decade, Intel has at least 2 times realized that dual-screen devices are a new industry growth point. To this end, at the 2011 CES show, Intel teamed up with Razer to create the prototype of the original Switchblade, which laid the foundation for the later generation of the Razer Spirit Blade series notebook.
For example, the new products presented at this year's Computex conference - ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo and HP's Omen X 2S, passed the first Both screens are with the keyboard. However, the Intel Honeycomb Glacier features a unique hinge design that lifts the second screen.
At the same time, Intel uses the extra space under the hinge to install a dedicated cooling mechanism that absorbs enough extra air on the special shape and layout of the motherboard.A single chiller can be used to cool component fans up to 195 watts. This is enough to install some of the most powerful gaming laptop components in a relatively thin chassis. Although the prototype now only has a 45-watt 8-core Intel CPU and Nvidia GeForce 1060 graphics card, because this is where Intel is, their current overclocking is 60 watts and 95 watts.
ASUS released a revolutionary dual-screen notebook ZenBook Pro Duo
ASUS released a The eye-catching high-end notebook product, the ZenBook Pro Duo. Not only does it have a 4K screen that is now popular, but there are two (if the horizontal pixels are calculated) the main screen is a 15-inch regular 16:9 OLED panel, with a 32:9 IPS "ScreenPad Plus" just above the keyboard. screen.
same width and half the height. This is reminiscent of the TouchBar of the MacBook Pro, but the number of pixels is 32 times more.
ScreenPad Plus is 14 inches in size, almost the same size as the main screen, with 4K UHD quality, complemented by the NumberPad virtual digital touchpad on the right side of the keyboard.
ZenBook Pro Duo comes with a 9th generation Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card, and up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB SSD hard drive. In addition, ZenBook Pro Duo also has a smaller 14-inch version.
Unlike the Touch Bar, ScreenPad Plus does not take up keyboard function keys, but still includes a full-size keyboard with function lines. The control board is placed on the right side of the keyboard.
ASUS has built some software for ScreenPad Plus to make it more like an auxiliary control panel, but you also It can be used as a display: it can also be divided into two smaller 16:9 1080p windows, or it can be set as an extension of the main screen. The more fun usage is that when you scroll down, the website will rise from the top of the keyboard. Or, you can not miss the US drama while you are working.
ZenBook Pro Duo has built-in eight-core Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU. There are four far-field microphones designed for Alexa and Cortana.There is an Echo-style Blu-ray on the bottom edge that can be activated by voice commands. The interface side provides a Thunderbolt 3 port, two USB-A ports, a headphone jack and a full-size HDMI port. Although it contains two screens, the weight of this notebook is controlled at 2.5 kilograms (about 5.5 pounds), but the heat performance of the two OLEDs and the battery life of the OLED are subject to further evaluation.
For customers whose wallets are not so drums, ASUS has also released a cheaper, smaller 14-inch model called the ZenBook Duo. The design and concept are basically the same, but both screens are 1080p instead of 4K, there is no Core i9 option, and the independent GPU is downgraded to MX250.
ASUS has not announced the pricing or availability of the ZenBook Pro Duo or ZenBook Duo.However, it is expected to be listed in the third quarter of this year.
Why do people buy dual-screen notebooks?
If you want users to buy a product, then it will involve the demand problem, and the demand will have the power to buy. Is there any need for a foldable screen device that everyone must buy? The first place is the increase in screen area, and the other is innovation on the software system.
In the previously released Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, the hardware is innovative, showing the complete form of the folding screen hardware, but the Android system is not in the software. Bringing revolutionary changes, simply zooming in and out of the screen is like switching between a smartphone and a tablet, but in reality the dual-screen device should not be limited to the display area.
For dual-screen notebooks,Although the system is equipped with "personalization" for some OEMs, the bottom layer of the system and the many shells of the upper layer still need more changes and reflections from the system software vendor Microsoft.