Flexible, dual-screen displays have been with us for a long time and we’ve mostly seen them on mobile phones. They have also been introduced in the PC segment through some Lenovo and ASUS laptops, but here they have not had the same attraction as in smartphones. Simply, the user has not seen usefulness.
Now we see something different. In the keynote address on the first day of the Intel Innovate 2022 event, Samsung Display CEO JS Choi took the stage to introduce “the world’s first 17-inch slider screen for PC”. And it is as advertised. In the folded state, the screen resembles a 13-inch tablet. If you unfold it completely it becomes a 17-inch screen:
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The head of Samsung Display did not clarify details of the panel, its resolution, refresh rate or the technology used, surely OLED. He also did not clearly explain where this screen is headed, although he assured that “it will satisfy several needs for a larger screen and also for portability”.
For our part, we see it as highly portable secondary screen or as a tablet, but as a “sliding PC”? It has to be said that Intel has been experimenting with new PC form factors for years and the latest attempt to bring dual-screen, foldable devices to the mass market hasn’t even started.
Microsoft abandoned its plans to launch Windows 10X on foldable devices, and Intel’s partners didn’t see much interest either, although the few models released like Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Fold are spectacular.
It must be stressed that these new types of form factors are in desperate need of a special operating system and specific applications show their usefulness. Alongside the display, Intel unveiled its new Unison software aimed at connecting Intel-powered computers to smartphones, including iPhones.
But it seems very little to attract consumers and partners. Samsung’s slider screen is just a proof of concept and it will be a while before we see it in commercial devices.