Intel is delaying its foldable laptop due to Windows 10X. According to the manufacturer, the development of Microsoft’s new OS is not so advanced, which prevents it from working effectively on their foldable laptop projects. The brand should postpone the presentation of its prototypes until mid-2020.
Intel plans to hit hard at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The manufacturer was planning to unveil its first 17-inch foldable laptop prototype. Unfortunately, this will not happen. The company has just announced that it should postpone the official presentation of this device, due to the “immaturity of the OS” and an insufficient stock of materials for the design of foldable screens. Intel is referring to Windows 10X, Microsoft’s new OS for connected objects and foldable laptops and tablets.
Intel was betting big on the development of this technology. The manufacturer wanted to offer it to other OEMs in order to revive the laptop market. But because of these delays, Intel had to revise its calendar and the first official presentations will not take place until mid-2020.
Windows 10 X immaturity delays Intel’s plans for folding laptops
In January 2019, Intel was already demonstrating its interest in this technology by filing a patent for a foldable hybrid smartphone, capable of transforming into a portable tablet / mini-PC. The company does not specify what are the problems encountered with Microsoft OS. Windows 10X development is probably not at the sufficient development stage to allow Intel to further develop its foldable laptop.
As a reminder, Windows 10X is the new OS from the Redmond company for connected objects and foldable devices. Sharing many points with Windows 10, the operating system nevertheless offers ergonomics. Alongside with an interface and functionalities adapted to this particular format. For example, the Start menu has been completely overhauled. And the dynamic tiles no longer exist in favor of classic icons. Several manufacturers have expressed interest in Windows 10X such as Intel, Dell, Lenovo, HP or Asus. The Surface Duo dual-screen smartphone will be one of the first devices to run on this OS.