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While folding screen smartphones are becoming increasingly popular and mainstream, folding laptops have not captured the imagination in the same way. That’s a little surprising considering folding screens arguably suit larger form factors better and folding laptops look great. Intel and Windows OEMs are not willing to give up and a new slate of foldables is coming in 2022.

As part of its CES 2022 announcements, Intel revealed a bunch of new folding Windows 11 laptops will launch this year. Intel is a partner with both Microsoft and Windows OEMs and has been discussing a new folding display specification at CES.

According to the company, the display tech will usher a new era of folding computing devices, including laptops, 2-in-1s, and tablets running Windows 11.

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While no specific devices have been named yet, we know they will run Intel Evo, which is the company’s 12 gen chipset. It puts emphasis on features that are useful on folding screen devices, such as instant wake, more responsiveness, and longer battery life. On the topic of battery life, Intel describes “real world” longevity, whatever that means.

Windows

While Intel can provide the power and OEMs can provide the hardware, what about the software. Folding PCs will only work as a concept if Windows 11 can provide a strong user experience. Microsoft has shown it struggles to optimize Windows for other form factors in the past.

Certainly, Windows 11 is currently not best placed to handle the optimization of folding screens. Hopefully Microsoft has some updates and improvements planned for this new era of devices. If so, we will have to wait until later this year when Windows 11 22H2 ships.

With this new era of hardware, could Microsoft be tempted to resurrect the Surface Neo. You know, the device that was announced alongside the Surface Duo but then cancelled. Surface Neo is not a true foldable but rather a dual-screen book device like the Duo.

The last update on the NEO came in late 2020 when Microsoft said it is not cancelled. A whole year passed since then, so who knows where that devices stands. Probably in the trash.

Tip of the day: When Windows 10 or Windows 11 has issues, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue.

Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

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