When we wrote about the bunch of hardware Dell and Alienware has brought to CES 2020, we were just scratching the surface. As it turned out, Dell has more to show and it includes a Nintendo Switch like portable gaming device called UFO, a folding tablet known as Ori, and a dual screen laptop dubbed Duet.
As you may have guessed, Concept UFO falls under Dell’s gaming brand, Alienware, which it bought in 2006. Dell’s answer to Switch sports an 8-inch display boasting 1,900 x 1,200 pixels and like Switch and the rumored Razer handheld game console, it has detachable controllers.
That said, not surprisingly, Concept UFO offers several modes. You can use it as one unit with the controllers attached to the display, separate the controllers and using the kickstand on a surface to game or stream your favorite show, or connect it to an external display and play using the detached controller. You can even use a mouse and keyboard as you would with a PC in the latter mode.
Yeah, it is totally not a Nintendo Switch knock off. At least not totally as this is supposed to be a portable PC gaming device and if you ask me, we are down. Expect to find the latest 10th-gen Intel Core processors, WiFi, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt and the works for a true on-the-go PC gaming.
Introducing #ConceptUFO, our vision for a handheld gaming PC. Explore the details that went into making this innovative design. @Formula1game https://t.co/plRqDvxsD8 pic.twitter.com/tx3apeHNhl— ALIENWARE (@Alienware) January 7, 2020
The Dell Concept original is a 13-inch screen that folds for portability. Dell is pitching it as a device for a “seamless” experience in reading, watching movies and more. As with folding screen devices, it lets you switch between single screen experience and dual screen experience on the fly.
We didn’t break the rules; we simply bent them. Introducing Concept Ori — a foldable device with one continuous screen that transforms your laptop experience. #CES2020 #DellExperience https://t.co/sExcKCVLSE pic.twitter.com/wJhxdXputo— Dell (@Dell) January 7, 2020
Technically, the Dell Concept Duet similar to the Ori, but less the complexity of folding display. We see it as an answer to Microsoft’s dual-screen tablet, Neo. The rationale is the same as the Ori and that is to provide the much needed screen real estate when needed, albeit one that isn’t “seamless” like a folding screen.
Meet Concept Duet — an exploration of maximizing productivity and expanding possibilities, all while on-the-go. #CES2020 #DellExperience https://t.co/MzCNrGsGLf pic.twitter.com/XuVq53ihfz— Dell (@Dell) January 7, 2020
Other than the Alienware Concept UFO, I am skeptical about the fruition of the other two devices in immediate future. In any case, there’s no doubt the future is all about touch screens before holographic becomes a reality.
All images courtesy of Dell, Inc..