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Samsung's ultra high-resolution 'dual display' laptop and other crazy prototypes

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While Samsung's Ativ hardware is relatively tame — especially compared to some other Windows 8 tablets we've seen this week — the company did section off a part of its IFA booth to show off a few experiments in industrial design. Quarantined behind the glass were various Windows 8 laptop / tablet hybrids that range from familiar ("Slide" and "Swivel") to slightly less so ("Binder" with a slide-on keyboard and "Pop Up" with ports only visible on the hinge) and even an asymmetrical "Memo PC" that's specifically conceptualized with future Samsung mascot the S Pen in mind. We would be surprised if a few of these ideas made it to production level, but for now they're just for show.

Samsung Dual Display Prototype at IFA 2012
Samsung Dual Display Prototype at IFA 2012

While Samsung's Ativ hardware is relatively tame — especially compared to some other Windows 8 tablets we've seen this week — the company did section off a part of its IFA booth to show off a few experiments in industrial design. Quarantined behind the glass were various Windows 8 laptop / tablet hybrids that range from familiar ("Slide" and "Swivel") to slightly less so ("Binder" with a slide-on keyboard and "Pop Up" with ports only visible on the hinge) and even an asymmetrical "Memo PC" that's specifically conceptualized with future Samsung mascot the S Pen in mind. We would be surprised if a few of these ideas made it to production level, but for now they're just for show.

More enticing, however, were the functional prototypes on an adjacent table — including a 13-inch Samsung Series 9 laptop with two WQHD (2560 x 1440) displays, one on each side of the lid à la the Asus Taichi. The single-screen WQHD Series 9 was impressive in its own right, especially given how thin and light the frame was while retaining that approximately 220ppi pixel density (about on par with the 15-inch "Retina" MacBook Pro). It's not a consumer-facing product at this point, but it's also clear this is the direction Samsung (and indeed all laptop makers) are going.