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Microsoft teases new Windows 2-in-1 device from Porsche Design

On stage at Computex 2016 in Taiwan, Microsoft shows off a new 2-in-1 crafted by Porsche Design and an unnamed hardware manufacturer.

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During its keynote at Computex 2016, Microsoft went over many of the new features coming in the Windows Anniversary Update, as well as announcing the Windows Holographic shared platform for AR and VR and the company's strategy for what it's calling "mixed reality".

But before the focus turned to the future of Hololens, Microsoft took a look at some of the new 2-in-1 devices primed to make the most of the new features in the upcoming update.

Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's OEM division, jumped on stage to talk about some of the recently revealed devices, such as the Dell Inspiron 7000 and the Asus Zenbook 3.

He also gave a very quick glimpse of a 2-in-1 device from Porsche Design, the team behind a number of LaCie storage devices. Oh, and this $3,000 sound bar that actually has the muffler from a Porsche 911 GT3 car built in.


A render of the Porsche 2-in-1.


Parker would only say that the 2-in-1 was being made by a local Taiwanese hardware partner, but we do know that it'll have an Intel processor and a 13.3-inch screen. It will also ship with a pen, presumably for all the new Windows Ink features on the way.

The device was secretive enough that it was whisked away from the stage before anyone was allowed up for photos, so all we have are a few shots of the engineering sample Parker was displaying and a render of the device. Stand by for more information, with the 2-in-1 slated for a release around the start of 2017.

Read all the news from Computex 2016 here.

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