Samsung Display and Intel are developing “slidable” computers. JS Choi, CEO of Samsung Display, stepped onstage today at Intel’s Innovation address to demonstrate a prototype PC that slides from a 13-inch tablet to a 17-inch display.
Intel has been experimenting with novel PC form factors for years and was previously planning for a dual-screen and foldable future until Microsoft abandoned its ambitions for Windows 10X foldable. These new form factors sorely need software and applications to flourish, and it’s unclear how Intel can make slidable PCs a reality.
The prototype gadget shown today by Samsung Display and Intel effectively converts a 13-inch tablet into a 17-inch monitor using a flexible display and a sliding mechanism. On one display, Intel was eager to highlight its new Unison software, which seeks to link Intel-powered PCs to smartphones, including iPhones.