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Dell unveiled two Foldable Laptop Prototypes at CES 2020

During the last year companies like Intel (at Computex 2019) and Microsoft (during October 2019) unveiled their first prototypes of dual- and folding-display laptops. Now, with the start of CES 2020, Dell unveiled two foldable laptop prototypes that the company believes will preview the future of notebooks and tablets.

Dell is definitely looking to start 2020 with a bang. Its foldable laptop prototypes are simply named the Concept Duet and Concept Ori.

While these are, as said, just prototypes, they also serve as an indicator of what the company is currently working on.

Furthermore, Dell has never been the type of company to reveal a prototype device before its ready to hit the market, but with so much hype going around dual-screen devices and folding screens the company just couldn’t stay out of it, clearly showing that it also wants a slice of the cake.

CONCEPT DUET

The Concept Duet is somewhat similar to Microsoft’s Surface Neo. This foldable laptop prototype features a dual-screen design that’s connected by a hinge, coming equipped with two 13.3-inch screens.

Concept Duet
Concept Duet

Thanks to it’s dual-screen design, the Concept Duet can give its users a portable dual screen solution for when they’re on-the-go. Whenever they’re done with some work, users can simply fold its two monitors back up and put their Concept Duet back in their bag, allowing them to easily take it with them anywhere.

Having a portable dual-monitor set-up is a great advantage for any content creator, increasing productivity while also offering 24/7 portability.

The Duet’s dual-screen design allows users to place it vertically to review images on one screen while working on the other, or have a single panel with just their tools. Having two monitors is also a great way of reading a book or magazine.

Concept Duet - Vertical Set-Up Foldable Laptop
Concept Duet – Vertical Set-Up

Flipping it horizontally lets users run a video chat on the top screen while leaving the bottom display completely free for any work, allowing users to take notes or complete any school/office work during their video chat.

Concept Duet - Horizontal Set-Up for Video Calls & Work
Concept Duet – Horizontal Set-Up for Video Calls & Work

The Duet’s hinge can also rotate all the way to 360º degrees, allowing users to fan it out and use it in “Tent Mode”. This would probably be best used by two students studying together, sharing the device while using one screen each, or two company colleagues sitting at a small tablet and using the device to work together and finish some simple office work.

Concept Duet - "Tent-Mode" Foldable Laptop
Concept Duet – “Tent-Mode”

The Concept Duet also comes with a detachable keyboard that can be placed on top of the lower screen for a “keyboard-like experience”. With the keyboard placed on top of the bottom screen users can have a continuous screen running above the keyboard (on the top display). Sliding the keyboard up will pop an onscreen touchpad to give users a more traditional laptop layout.

Concept Duet with its Detachable Keyboard
Concept Duet with its Detachable Keyboard

Dell’s dual-screen model can fluidly run multiple Apps on both screens simultaneously. Lastly, the Duet also supports some gesture controls. With three fingers users can flick a window from one screen to the other, while using four fingers will extend that window to both screens.

CONCEPT ORI

The Concept Ori is a large device that works exactly like a folding tablet, and is somewhat similar to Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Folding Laptop.

Concept Ori - Foldable Laptop
Concept Ori

Its product name comes from the Japanese word “Origami” which is the art of paper folding. And that’s exactly what the device does; it folds, perfectly.

You can fold it 90 degrees and use one half as your display, while using the other half as an onscreen keyboard.

Concept Ori - Easily Foldable Laptop
Concept Ori – Easily Foldable

The Concept Ori features a 13-inch touchscreen that can be folded in half. This way users can turn it into a smaller device when looking to store it in their bags/backpacks, or pull it out and open it up into a full-sized tablet.

Concept Ori - One 13-Inch Monitor
Concept Ori – One 13-Inch Monitor

The idea behind the Ori is to give its users a full pen-enabled tablet PC where they can draw or write on, while also letting them use it with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse if they choose to do so.

Concept Ori - Full Pen-Enabled Tablet PC
Concept Ori – Full Pen-Enabled Tablet PC

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Concept Duet and Concept Ori are two great – you guessed it – “concepts” of future foldable laptop models, the first one featuring a dual-screen design and the second one a folding screen design.

It seems like the obvious choice for their OS would be the Windows 10X, but Microsoft isn’t distributing it just yet. At the moment Dell has its own OS running on the two concept devices.

It’s important to (once again) highlight that these are just concepts that Dell is currently working on, which means that there is still no information available about both products’ specs and price tags. Still, these are expected to be released at the end of the year.

If there’s anything to take from this is that 2020 seems to be the year of display devices.

David Novakhttps://www.gadgetgram.com
For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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