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Intel patents laptop design with detachable curved display

The odd design might be a first for a very good reason.


An Intel design patent shows a curved screen for a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet.


Intel's processors power the majority of laptops, but it doesn't actually make laptops. That hasn't stopped the chipmaker from patenting a design here and there.

Among the company's latest is a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid with a detachable curved display according to a design patent. The US Patent and Trademark Office granted the patent in November, but apparently it went noticed until published details about the patent on Sunday.

Curved displays on TVs and phones are nothing new. However, with the exception of Acer's $9,000 Predator 21 X, they haven't been used for laptops and tablets.

Unlike the Acer's, Intel's design features a curved keyboard base, which may not be ideal on all surfaces. Likewise, such a curve on a tablet could prove awkward for drawing or writing.

Demand for personal computers has been in steady decline for the past five years, though, so it may just be designs like this that spark consumer interest.

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