Exclusive: Intel’s new concept for gaming laptops

Exclusive: Intel’s new concept for gaming laptops


– Last week, Intel invited
us to its design labs to check out the Honeycomb Glacier. It’s a dual-screen design
that Intel believes could be the future of gaming laptops. PC makers have been toying
with this idea for years, stuffing screens into the touchpad or grafting additional
monitors onto the main display, like a set of unwieldy wings. But in the real world, secondary screens
haven’t really caught on. The only example I can think of is Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, and I rarely hear anyone admit
to using and appreciating that narrow strip of
touchscreen above the keyboard. The people I know who
bought one did ’cause it’s the only way to get the
most powerful processors. So what makes Intel’s
prototype any different? For starts, it’s got a genuinely usable amount of screen real estate above that keyboard. This isn’t just a
context-sensitive button panel like Apple’s Touch Bar, it’s a bona fide 12.3-inch mini monitor with enough space to drop your
Slack and Discord chat window or your Twitch streaming setup. It could be your entire timeline when you’re scrubbing through footage or stitching clips in Adobe Premiere. And unlike a screen
built into your touchpad or keyboard deck, you don’t
have to keep bobbing your head and changing your focus
between your main monitor and your secondary screen. Intel designed a clever hinge that uses a tiny one-way roller clutch to let you effortlessly prop
up both screens at any angle and just push a button when it’s time to fold them back down. The hinge doesn’t make
for the sleekest laptop, but it makes more sense to me than always having to look down. Then there’s my favorite feature, a Tobii eye-tracking camera
that lets you dart your eyes to any window on your secondary screen to automatically focus on it. So you can immediately chat
with friends and co-workers without alt + tabbing out of your game or having to swipe a
mouse all the way over to your second monitor. And because some pro gamers
use Tobii to literally track where their head’s at during a game, Intel decided to stick a
heart rate sensor right here to give those training
sessions another useful metric. Mind you, not all of this
works brilliantly quite yet. Intel built this as a prototype,
using off-the-shelf parts, including a screen sourced
from the automotive world. That’s why the bezels
are so much bigger here. It’s why the cool Tobii eye-tracking
monitor switching idea is currently confined to a simple demo. It’s why there’s no damn
mouse buttons on this trackpad, and it’s probably why the PC stutters when I try to play a basic game, because there’s actually a fair amount of processing power under this hood. A 9th Gen, 45W, eight-core Intel
CPU overclocked to 60W, with Intel GeForce GTX 1060 graphics (Correction: This should say Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060.) also overclocked to 95W. Similar to the Asus Zephyrus,
with that fancy compartment that opens to allow additional air inside, Intel’s Honeycomb Glacier has
a special cooling solution that fits underneath
that dual hinge screen, one with a fan that naturally draws air through a compartment whose chips have been expressly laid out
for maximum cooling efficiency. So hey, you know Intel’s a chipmaker, not a laptop designer, so there’s a chance
this’ll never come out. You’ll never be able to buy one, at least in this shape and form. Perhaps manufacturers will take
pieces of the design, though, like the dual hinges and
the secondary screen, and those could be part of
your future gaming laptops. But unusually, Intel says
there’s enough interest in this exact design from PC makers that you might actually see it come out. Until then, it’s a cool
idea to think about. Hey, thanks for watching, and I’ve got a question for you: if you’ve got a dual-screen
setup right now, say a couple desktop monitors, a laptop and external monitor, or even a laptop and a tablet, does this seem like a more
effective solution to you? Let me know in the comments below.

100 Comments on "Exclusive: Intel’s new concept for gaming laptops"


  1. Correction: At 2:33, we incorrectly stated Intel GeForce GTX 1060 when this should say Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Thanks for your feedback!

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  2. This would be a great mobile workstation for creating all sorts of content. From Illustrator to Premiere there are lots of use cases for that second screen, and the cooling solution really makes sense for a powerful system. I hope this design comes to market.

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  3. If they add up a assistant leg/ stand for heavy 2 screen might be better, coz eventually will loose tighten strength of those mechanisms.
    And price if possible below 1.5k ??!! If not Asus New Pro 2 screen might be better choice.
    I'm waiting for new laptop to buy but haven't have any new good and strong work laptop now these 2 or dual screen really good, jus wait which company provide good, strong and ergonomic laptop

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  4. Lol you can tell the verge tech reviewers aren't techs. No tech person would say Intel geforce graphics, even by mistake.

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  5. This looks incredibly useful for productivity. Not sure I would care about it for gaming though.

    Not crazy about the look though, it kinda looks silly. But I guess usage is more important than looks.

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  6. Really cool idea. I liked to sliding duel monitors. I'd imagine it would be a little heavy and power hungry but would be very nice for gaming. Hinges usually are an issue with laptops. Not sure how the clutch system would do long term but is a nice feature.

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  7. Cool idea to use dual monitor to use up & down configuration instead of side by side.

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  8. yahhh, I think it's a good idea for booth gaming but also for production tasks. Maybe not for everybody, but a good implementation for a laptop. Seems interesting. Let's see what the computer makers do with the idea. 😉

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  9. Honestly – for gaming it seems like a really dope idea – but thn again, it's gaming on a laptop, you're still restricted to full performance of a desktop. For design however it does seem like a nice concept. Implementation of the timeline in Premiere for example is super dope – but how would this translate to other software, AI, PS etc.

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  10. I'm on a computer for 8 hours a day. I'm constantly juggling multiple tasks all at once. I would opt for this laptop in a heartbeat assuming it was well built and whatnot.

    My current ergonomic-focused setup involves an adjustable standing desk, laptop stand (to get the laptop screen to eye-level), an external ergonomic keyboard, an external ergonomic mouse, and two external monitors on independent monitor arms. It'd be dope to be able to ditch the laptop stand (or at least not need it). Plus the added portability of a dual-ish monitor + laptop stand-esque setup seems like a win.

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  11. Did he just say the macbook pro had the fastest processor. Lmfao, how is he qualified for this job.

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  12. intel look like want to make new revolution for laptop.but in other side ,the look like want to forfeit destop…

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  13. I'd rather have a full Num keyboard instead of that mouse touchpad. They could've made a software solution for it, so you could have a portion of the the touch screen functioning as a mouse pad. Yes you'd need to reach over the keyboard to access it, but the audience for this laptop would definitely use a mouse anyway – and most likely a Num pad too. It's very handy for keybinding.

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  14. Always need but sometimes use secondary screen and allways cary USB one in my backpack. Use it as left or right screen. I can't imagine if it's on the bottom we may get used to it

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  15. Not appealing to me, I'm trying to learn Photo manipulation and desktop monitors offer a hell of a lot more real estate for my purposes.

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  16. It does look pretty cool and eye level screen is the best thing ever. Although I am a little skeptical with the hinges, it's gonna be very fragile after 1-2 years of usage.

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  17. I was thinking that single near 4k screen of my SB2 is just not good enough for my motion graphic work. this look promising.

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  18. Reason it stutters playing League of Legends is because it's a prototype? Thing has an i9 and stutters on league LMFAO!!!!

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  19. I wished like tis thing could switch into tablet mode too tough like wouldnt it be cool? Gaming and then Drawing, i think thats kinda awesome

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  20. When I work on laptop I always connect secondary screen. Seriously I don't know how people can deal with smaller screens in professional setting. I welcome these ideas for any use outside ultramobile.

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  21. I use my main laptop mostly at home plugged into an external keyboard, mouse, and second screen. So, the screens are not up-close. At home, I think it would be more ideal to have a desktop with either one large screen–say 43 inches, or perhaps three 31 inch screens turned vertically next to each other.

    But for a laptop, I think it would be nice to have that large screen over a small one like the one you were showing. It might be a little cumbersome though–not sure.

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  22. I don't use MacBooks (anymore), but the only reason i would want a touchbar is beacuse of the fingerprint sensor

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  23. I like this guy more than the guy who made the desktop, he seems to have done more of his research although he had made small mistakes. But good on Verge for not inviting that guy back as the tech reviewer

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  24. I would 100% love to have that laptop. I use a 3 screen setup on my desktop, with one screen vertically mounted for development. While that's not what this screen is for, it would still be wonderfully useful for after effects and just having an extra firefox window open on

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  25. Im soo jealous that some people can just buy whatever tech they want just cause they might use it, i need to save up multiple months just to buy a cheap phone.

    Not even sure if i can save up for it since new semester is coming and i need to buy new books

    Ps. Pocophone or k20

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  26. I would want this for programming, it's almost essential to have a second screen so you can look at documentation or examples without needing to take the focus completely away from the IDE

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  27. since dual monitors configuration is a thing , i did never look back , now its hard to imagine not watching tv or your fav show while gaming

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  28. It’s a great solution for remote working when the main screen is for work and the ne below is for keeping an eye on chat with colleagues. Currently my laptop screen is for chat and external Monitors for applications and outlook. Good also for support people to hav the smaller screen for dashboards and live diagnostics.

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  29. Intel are the innovators. They never manufacture their concepts, just expects some other company to pick it up.

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  30. But gaming on laptops is a joke , battery life , screen burn in , and also using windows 10. Sounds to me like a big nono

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  31. Um maybe. I the eye tracking feature is definitely interesting if it works well. Because there have been times when I thought I clicked a window and sadly after typing the entire paragraph I realize I hadn't clicked on it :/

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  32. For content creation apps, timeline bottom screen, nice! Just this type of design need to have consideration of practical pen support options, which means palm over keyboard design and sturdy screen with no wobble and angle options

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