Intel announced that it's working on a foldable laptop spec during its CES 2022 presentation. While foldable screens aren't new, they haven't yet gained traction in the laptop market, which is somewhat strange considering that laptops naturally overlap anyway. Intel says the first devices with folding display tech will begin shipping this year. We could see some rather exciting devices and structure factors.
The spec is a part of Intel's Evo platform. It's essentially a set of guidelines that lay out the features and requirements for thin laptops with a long battery life, fast wakeup and present day availability. In some ways Evo can be considered Ultrabook 2.0.
Foldable laptops open up an interesting range of use cases. You could use one as a tablet, a tabletop like you may use a 2-in-1 or even like a book. You can use one as a standard laptop with a virtual keyboard, or add a keyboard accessory. The latter is something that a gamer would almost certainly use.
Devices with foldable screens aren't new. Several top of the line smartphones feature the tech, however it is relatively new for laptops, with notable exceptions such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold. Microsoft was working on a dual screen Surface gadget yet it never came to realization. At least not yet anyway.
Foldable screens require operating system support, and Windows 11 isn't yet improved to support foldable display tech. Without that support, foldable laptops will not have the option to gain a significant traction. It will surely happen on schedule, and assuming Intel's forecast that devices will appear this year is accurate, then, at that point, Microsoft surely has it made tentative arranges for on the roadmap.
Assuming foldable laptops really do turn into a power in the market, Intel is all around positioned. It's twelfth Gen versatile CPUs appear to be strong, and its Arc GPUs are also poised to appear in larger structure factors and devices aimed at gamers.
As we push ahead into 2022, we can hope to see Intel and its partners gradually reveal their foldable laptops. Computex in mid year would seem like a fun opportunity to show off some designs. It will be interesting to see how AMD will react, if at all. Remember, there's also Qualcomm. The company believes it is all around positioned to capture some of the laptop market.