Intel is holding the Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco, and the slides for one of the presentations () has revealed the chip maker’s next reference design for a cutting-edge ultrabook.
The unnamed device will be a tablet with a detachable keyboard, Intel Skylake CPU, USB Type-C, wireless charging, WiGig wireless docking support, and best of all, a secondary E-ink screen on the rear of the tablet.
We don’t have any images of the new reference design itself, but the screen is listed as a 6″ display with a resolution of 1024 x 758.
Intel showed off a similar design last fall, and we also know that one of the slides showed that the reference design could look like this:
The design also packs in 13MP cameras, an active stylus, multiple microphones (for noise cancellation) and a 12.5″ screen.
It supports multiple types of wireless tech, including wireless charging. There’s also WiGig (for a wireless connection to a docking station), and WiDi tech (for wireless monitors).
But the future is not entirely wireless, which is why the design has USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt port. The latter will likely be updated and replaced by a USB-C port before this design hits store shelves.
Intel is showing that the design has 5 USB-C ports (as well as card slots) but one component is notably absent. There’s no slot for the power cable; instead, Intel wants you to charge it through one of the USB-C ports using USB PD tech (like on the Macbook One).
You can find more in the slides ().
P.S. If you find photos, please let me know. I’m dying to find out what this actually looks like.