- Intel, the company behind the processors that power a majority of laptops, showed its concept of what high-performance laptops should do moving forward at the Computex 2019 event in Taipei.
- Intel’s idea of a modern, high-performance laptop has a "companion display" that acts as a second screen for secondary apps and functions.
- The companion display lets your primary apps occupy the main display without overcrowding it with apps or windows.
- High-performance laptops of the future should also prop themselves up to give you a better view of the companion display, according to Intel.
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Intel’s vision of the future of high-performance laptops props itself up and comes with a large secondary display above the keyboard.
It’s total madness, but there is reason behind this insanity.
The secondary display — called the "companion display" — acts like a second computer monitor. As someone who craves a second monitor when I don’t have one, I can see the allure.
As for the propping up part, it’s to let you see the companion display without looming over the laptop. This particular idea is a little far-fetched, and would surely destroy any ounce of portability a laptop might have. Still, it comes with good intentions.
Right off the bat, there are a few glaring questions that need to be answered, like cost, portability, and battery life.
But for now, get a better sense of Intel’s vision of the future of high-performance laptops:
Intel’s Honeycomb Glacier concept calls for high-end laptops to have a second screen, or a "companion display," as the company calls it.
The companion display is designed to act like a second monitor for secondary functions and apps, like a chat app, and it leaves the main screen for the primary app you’re working with.
For example, you could have a chat app on the companion display while you use the primary display for work or playing games.
The companion display can even complement your primary apps. It can show you a map of a game’s level while the game occupies the main display.
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