Intel has a habit of building prototypes that don’t really go anywhere, according to The Verge. Considering it’s a company that lives and dies on innovation, that’s not exactly surprising. But the developers at Intel may have their hands on a project that could push the world of tablets in a whole new direction.
Designed to be completely portable, the prototype, Tiger Rapids, resembles a notebook. It has e-paper on one side paired with an LCD panel on the other. The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 puts this design into actual use. It’s E Ink screen allows users to easily switch between typing, using a stylus, and reading content.
Both Lenovo and Intel had been working on the concept since 2017, but weren’t able to totally bring it to fruition until they joined forces. Intel made it possible to fit all the necessary parts onto a small board so that the tablet could be so thin and made the e-paper a USB-based feature. Lenovo designed the larger screens that allow users to type on them and perfected the E Ink software.
Lenovo’s 2017 Yoga Book wasn’t exactly a groundbreaking success, but by collaborating with Intel, they may be on to something. The tablet industry is a relatively new one, with the iPad having been invented less than 10 years ago. The iPad Pro, Surface Go, and Google’s Pixel Slate are all devices that show how rapidly tablet design and function is growing and changing.
Intel failed to get in on smartphone development when that industry blew up, and they’ve been struggling this year due to security scandals, the loss of their CEO, and failed projects. They are most likely hoping to be the gamechanger in the tablet industry that failed to be in the world of smartphones. The PC industry is growing for the first time in six years, which means this might be the perfect opportunity for Intel to make a comeback.