Are dual screens the future of tablets?
January 22, 2018 at 20:00
We ended 2017 hearing a lot about folding tablets / phablets and we start 2018 with many news that also point out that this type of device can be one of the great innovations of the year, and its use in other types of tablets and with other types of uses in mind is beginning to be discussed. Are the dual screens the future of tablets?
Preparing for the final landing of folding tablets / phablets
Last year we had the opportunity to attend the presentation of the first of these foldable tablets that were finally going to leave the exhibitions at events and technology fairs to begin to be seen in stores and, interestingly, it was not the work of any of the big manufacturers from whom this type of innovation usually comes: it was the ZTE Axon M and, although it has been waiting, we have recently had the confirmation that in this first quarter of 2018 it will be already on sale in Europe.
That does not mean that these big manufacturers are not going to join the competition, on the contrary, as we saw in the review of the state of the matter we did a couple of months ago we have news that both Samsung and LG, Lenovo, Manzana Y Microsoft They are also working in this direction. Not all are equally advanced in their respective projects, in any case, and some may become a reality maybe until next year, but it seems that at least those of the first and the last yes they could get to see the light this year (in fact, it is rumored that the Koreans exhibited theirs behind closed doors in the CES 2018).
Do flexible screens give way to dual screens?
An interesting question, however, is that the concept of folding tablets seemed that it never managed to materialize because we have always thought of it assuming that flexible screens They would be the key. What seems to be allowing them to begin to become a reality, however, is to bet on a formula that, at least for the moment, is less complex: dual screens.
This is what we have in this first ZTE Axon M and what it looks like we should expect from the Folding surface from Microsoft. It seems that the Galaxy x from Samsung yes it could be a device with a flexible screen, but the truth is that we do not know enough about it to confirm it and leaks have also circulated that pointed to its resemblance to a Nintendo DS. In any case, even if there are not really two screens, the idea of a screen divided in two to use each half independently is surely present and is the key to the dual screens.
Will it be extended to other types of tablets?
What has further encouraged the debate around dual screens is that from some media it is also speculating about the possibility / need to incorporate this technology into other formats, including Windows tablets and, more specifically, to 2 in 1 and convertibles. And for those who find it hard to visualize what they may be referring to, there is a very clear example: Yoga Book from Lenovo.
Taking into account that Microsoft I would be working to prepare Windows 10 to take advantage of the dual screens facing the launch of that Folding surface where you work, it can be an interesting option, and the tablet Lenovo, with all its limitations, was undoubtedly a proposal that dazzled many. Theoretically, one could take advantage of different advances that have taken place in recent times to prevent prices from rising too much. The idea has been quite controversial, however, and there is a fundamental barrier: the habits created for decades working with physical keyboards.
Real potential or a fad?
Although we can find that many of these projects end up remaining experiments that we can only look at when years later images of discarded prototypes are leaked (as happened with the Surface mini), it seems that we can be reasonably optimistic that the ZTE Axon M will not be the first and last to see the light.
What will be the best tablets of 2018?
A different matter, however, is whether it is a route that can take root or will be a passing fad, as it happened at the time with the curved screen phablets that LG and Samsung launched and of which there is only a vague memory in the Infinity screens of the seconds, very imitated at any given time, but not so much. It is true that the potential of dual screens to offer us larger screens in more compact devices I with greater versatilityIt seems more interesting from a practical point of view. An attractive aesthetic and reasonable prices, on the other hand, do not seem to be equally guaranteed, and are key issues. What do you think? Do you see future dual screens in the field of tablets?