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When I talk about dual screen consumer electronics, I remember Russia’s Yotaphone. It’s dual screen concept amazed tech enthusiasts like me but issues like limited models and online-only sales kept its limited circulation. ZTE also introduced a dual-screen Android smartphone. Asus plans to join the dual screen bandwagon in the laptop category. IT’S GONNA BE LEGEND… we have to WAIT FOR IT… as its a concept.

It’s called Project Precog. Asus unveiled the dual screen laptop at Computex 2018 trade fair in Taiwan. This laptop has no physical keyboard and completely relies on touchscreens. ASUS said it was still a prototype, but they plan to make it available from 2019 for commercial purchase in limited markets.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are changing the face of computing, providing new frameworks for evolved user experiences. ASUS is embracing this revolution — and demonstrating just how far-reaching its effects will be — with Project Precog, a concept of the first convertible, a dual-screen notebook with fully enhanced AI features.

Project Precog implements a novel dual-screen form factor for versatility, expandability and increased productivity. With a 360° hinge joining the two displays, the PC can be used in four modes — Stand, Book, Tent, and Flat — while providing twice the screen space of traditional notebooks. This innovative form factor gets rid of the traditional physical keyboard and touchpad setup, replacing it with the flexibility to work as either an extended screen or as a customizable interactive interface.

Project Precog is designed to provide a smooth and intuitive experience for industry-leading AI technologies. Intelligent Touch automatically recognizes the active input device and changes the virtual interface accordingly. It can automatically adjust the keyboard location depending on where the user places their fingertips, or automatically switch to stylus mode when a stylus touches the lower screen.

With support for the Windows Cortana and Amazon Alexa voice services, users can get more done with the power of their voice. The dual-screen design of Project Precog lets users keep their main tasks in full view while virtual assistants process other tasks on the second screen. The enlarged screen real estate is also perfect for apps processing large amounts of data and information, such as the AI-powered Microsoft Office 365.

The company hasn’t mentioned any information about specs. We expect the best-in-class processor with best-in-class looks and best-in-class price. If launched in India, the Project Precog is speculated to available at Rs 1,50,000.

– Chaitanya Kulkarni.

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