When it comes to dual display concepts, Intel isn’t stopping at the Honeycomb Glacier. The Intel Twin Rivers is another of the chipmaker’s concepts, and with a crazier twist – it doesn’t come with a physical keyboard.
Instead, it comes with two 12.3-inch Full HD touch displays. It also makes use of a custom motherboard that is split into two halves. One is where the processor, RAM and storage are located, while the other houses the I/O ports and the power button. The former would generate more heat, and is considered the top half, and would be the equivalent of the lid on traditional laptops.
Speaking of heat, the Twin Rivers has fabric wrapped around the chassis. Intel argues that due to the fanless design, the fabric wouldn’t necessarily trap more heat than if it was absent, and it makes the Twin Rivers less hot on touch. After all, the nature of this dual display implementation means that you can hold it as you would a book.
While typing would generally be done using the virtual keyboard, the Twin Rivers does have a Bluetooth keyboard accessory. As the Twin Rivers folds with a gap where the hinge is, you can leave the keyboard in the Twin Rivers and it will fit nicely when folded up.
One of the reasons why the Intel Twin Rivers isn’t a design that you can already find on shelves is because there’s no operating system that completely supports this kind of dual display implementation. That said, a company representative said that this will change in time, and you’ll see the design implemented by laptop makers, and be made available within two years.