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Intel, Samsung Debut ‘Slidable’ PC With Extendable Screen

by Atlanta Business Journal

Intel and Samsung have another new idea for how to make a PC: a “slidable” device with a screen that extends out to a much larger size when you pull the edge.

JS Choi, leader of Samsung's display division, pulls the edge of a laptop-sized "slidable" screen to extend its width

J.S. Choi, leader of Samsung’s display division, shows a “slidable” screen that can be extended by pulling one edge from a 13-inch diagonal to a 17-inch diagonal.


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Lacking a keyboard, the slidable PC looked more like a tablet. But with a screen diagonal ranging from 13 inches to 17 inches, it was sized more like a laptop. Intel Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger and J.S. Choi, leader of Samsung’s display division, showed the device at the Intel Innovation conference Tuesday.

The device will satisfy needs for both a large screen and portability, Gelsinger said. It’s a demonstration of what’s possible with OLED display technology that’s built onto a flexible plastic substrate.

It isn’t clear when or even if the slidable PC idea will mature into a product. But the design shows how the PC industry continues to try out new hardware to extend beyond traditional clamshell laptops with a keyboard and screen connected by a hinge.

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger shows how a 'slidable' PC's screen can extend from a 13-inch diagonal to a 17-inch diagonal

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger shows how a “slidable” PC’s screen can extend from a 13-inch diagonal to a 17-inch diagonal.


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Moving parts and flexible components heighten the challenges of complexity and reliability. Costs also increase, a concern during a shrinking PC market. But novel designs can find a niche, and premium PCs are faring better than budget PCs, Michelle Johnston Holthaus, head of Intel’s PC chip group, said at the conference.

Earlier this year, Samsung demonstrated a slidable phone screen along with other novel designs.

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