Intel Multi-Display Laptop Concepts Demonstrated, NUC Elements and Optane Memory M15 Announced at Computex 2019

Intel Multi-Display Laptop Concepts Demonstrated, NUC Elements and Optane Memory M15 Announced at Computex 2019

Highlights
  • It isn’t yet known whether any OEMs will produce such devices
  • NUC Elements modules will be available in multiple configurations
  • Specifications of the Optane Memory M15 have not been announced

Just a day after making multiple announcements at its Computex 2019 keynote, Intel has unveiled even more products and future plans. At a private event along the sidelines of the world’s biggest PC industry trade show in Taipei, Intel showed off several new experimental form factors aimed at implementing multiple displays in a laptop, and also launched its new NUC Elements series of tiny compute modules as well as a new model in its Optane Memory product. Some of the products on display were only prototypes designed to show off Intel’s ideas for OEMs to implement in their own way, while  others will be products that Intel itself sells directly to consumers.

The ‘Honeycomb Glacier’ form factor imagines a large laptop with a secondary hinge that allows the main display to be raised to eye level, while a second display above the keyboard is then also raised and inclined towards the user. The device can be opened and used much like the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, also announced at Computex this week. However, using the second hinge lifts both displays.

The concept device on display was fully functional, and integrated features such as eye tracking to automatically activate whichever window the user is looking at, across both displays. This way, a user can multitask and switch between programs without moving his or her hands off the keyboard and trackpad. Users can even glance at a voice assistant app and it will automatically begin listening for commands.

The raised secondary display also allows for additional cooling for the prototype’s internal components. The display was not full-width, like the one on Asus’s new ZenBook models. A physical mechanism holds the two displays upright and users need to press a button to disengage it in order to fold them back down. It is unknown at this point whether any manufacturers will bring such a product to market.