Intel and Samsung Team Up for Slidable PC Display Concept

Foldable will soon become yesterday's news, with Intel and Samsung Display teaming up to develop slidable PC displays.

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The partnership made the announcement during Intel's Innovation keynote on Wednesday, 28 September, unveiling what looks to be a prototype of the concept in its full glory. “We’re announcing the world’s first 17-inch slidable display for PCs,” said Samsung Display CEO JS Choi. “This device will satisfy various needs for a larger screen and portability as well.”


The prototype Choi had onstage appeared to be an OLED panel that, when pulled from the side, turns a 13-inch display into a 17-inch one. To put into perspective, that would be like turning a tablet into a small monitor. The device will probably leverage Intel's newly revealed Unison software, which syncs iOS and Android phones to Intel-powered computers. The software lets you perform some key functions of your phone on a connected computer, including sending texts, placing calls, checking notifications and sharing files.


No other details were revealed about the slidable display. The partnership made it clear that the device is still an in-development concept, meaning it's far from being market-ready, if it even ends up being released in the future.

Samsung has reportedly been working on slidable technology for a few years now but hasn’t shown anything off until last year, when it unveiled a prototype of a phone that could expand its panel horizontally. Intel, meanwhile, has been experimenting with different form factors for PCs, including dual-screen and foldable devices. But because of the lack of software support from partners like Microsoft, the chipmaker appears to have moved on and now shifted its priority to slidable devices.


Among other announcements, Intel at the event also unveiled the 13th-gen "Raptor Lake" Core CPUs, highlighted by the top-end flagship Core i9-13900K, which features 24 cores (8 P-cores and 16 E-cores) and max clock speeds of up to 5.8GHz.

 
  • Intel and Samsung Display are teaming up to develop slidable PC displays.

  • The partnership made the announcement during Intel's Innovation keynote, showcasing the concept in its full glory.

  • The onstage prototype appeared to be an OLED panel that when pulled from the side turns a 13-inch display into a 17-inch one.

  • To put into perspective, that would be like turning a tablet into a small monitor.


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