In 2016, we saw the tiniest of fluctuations in the curved display ecosystem. But, 2017 is expected to completely embrace the said technology. Now, Intel is already readying itself to join this revolution and a patent filing providing insight into the chipmaker’s ambitions has surfaced.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Intel its requested patent for such a device, as was discovered by The Leaker. There are several diagrams visible in the patent application that shows the laptop from multiple angles. Each one highlights the curved aspect of the 2-in-1 device, both the display portion and the base of the chassis.
The company is planning to adopt the 2-in-1 detachable screen approach popularized by Microsoft but with the addition of a curvaceous display. Intel has also designed the keyboard to seamlessly flow with the curved form factor of the screen.
This is not the first time we’ve seen a laptop with a curved panel. Acer used one on its Predator 21 X that it showed off at CES earlier this year. However, that beastly configuration rings up at a dollar shy of $9,000. It’s also big, presumably heavy, and doesn’t allow for the screen to detach.
To our knowledge, there are not any arcuate tablets out there, so that would be another 1st here (when detaching the display). We’re not sure what the issue would be—perhaps a arcuate show would rest easier on a lap?—but apparently Intel has one thing in mind.
The patent also suggests that Intel is thinking concerning building its own hardware. If that is the case, it will be fascinating to visualize if Intel goes the gambling route with distinct GPUs or highlights its own integrated graphics.
Originally published at PCGAMER