Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) scores top rankings in its league of processor giants, but how would the company fare with completed end products? The firm is allegedly in the process of making a revolutionary piece of hardware. At the very least, Intel seems to be considering it. Last week saw a unique kind of patent come to the fore. It was secured by Intel Corp. and shows a curved two 2-in-1 laptop. Much like other leading premium laptops such as the Microsoft Surface Book, the Intel design features a detachable display. Today, LearnBonds plays around with the idea of this product’s release. How well could it do in a consumer tech realm that is eager for innovative products?
It has not been long since the design’s filing. The patent was only secured three months ago according to TNW. Although an uncovered patent doesn’t mean that the idea will necessarily make it to production, it does offer a good picture of where a company has its sights set. In this case, it looks as though Intel plans to make a strong push in the laptop market. The closest product to this recently uncovered design is the popular Microsoft Surface Book. It is a premium 2-in-1 laptop that comes with a detachable display as well.
The Surface lineup was initially met with ridicule when it rolled out. The appeal of hybrid gadgets had yet to take off back then. What many analysts overlooked is Microsoft’s effective use of the same innovative approach that put items like the iPad, and subsequently tablets, on the map. The maker of Windows OS was unrelenting in pushing out products that built bridges between separate, conventional and seemingly unrelated devices. And boy did this pay off.
“Three years ago, the 2-in1 as a form factor was questioned,” Nadella tells the AFR. The CEO recalled the backlash and caution the firm got from both MSFT rivals and aides “Does anybody need one? And now guess what? Even our competition has decided that it’s not a refrigerator and a toaster but it’s actually a 2-in1.”
Today, Microsoft’s all-in-one gadgets are thriving in several hardware segments. Most of these markets have seen repetitive revamps numerous times over. This rendered the unique and uninfluenced form factor of the Surface products as a breath of fresh air.
Companies like Microsoft no longer wish to look over their shoulders and push out revamped copies of what the companies. Consumers are catching on to bandwagon designs and are on the prowl for gadgets that are truly innovative and unique. It is here where items like the Surface have the upper hand and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) appears to be following suit.
Is Intel being practical?
What is particularly interesting about the Intel design is that it is entirely curved, not just the display. Personally, I could see myself giving in to a laptop with a curved screen. Curved TVs and monitors have become commonplace and laptops were bound to be next. However, the Intel patent reveals that the laptop base would curve along with the display. Visually, this doesn’t seem bothersome, but I can’t imagine getting much done with a keyboard that convexes upward.
Other reports hold similar sentiments. Although, TNW’s Mr. Hughes thinks that a laptop like this would be completely usable, if not an absolute treat to use, if the user were to place it on their lap, as laptops were originally intended, of course. However, is it just me or has anybody else accidentally on their laptop or tablet more times that they can recall? I imagine a curved device like this wouldn’t last two weeks with my curiously tech-loving bum on the prowl.
To conclude, this design is not without its appeal, but one can’t realistically reserve much hope for its production or success.
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