The Future of the Laptop According to Intel
At Intel's developer conference, Desktop and Mobile columnist Rob Enderle takes a look at a trio of industrial laptop designs.As I write this column from the Intel Developers Conference, I am connected wirelessly, making it easy to forget that most still have yet to experience what it is like to be connected to the network almost every place you go without the use of the modem. At IDF, Intel showed not only the technical advances the company will be bringing to the laptop market over the next year but the industrial designs that are coming as well. This is one of the differences Wintel users have over the Apple folks: Wintel folks get to see what is coming and vote on potential designs; Apple folks have no such vote. Historically, though, Im not sure that this has been much of a benefit to the Wintel side because the creativity advantage has always been with the Apple folks.
I tend to be more interested in the industrial designs, and one of the more interesting ones was from Lenovo (the new name for Legend, the largest PC manufacturer in China). This has an elegant and creative hinge designin other words, a clamshell tablet design. It also sports a lid-top display, which, much like a dual-display cell phone, showcases time-sensitive information such as incoming e-mails and instant messages.