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Dell is working on a dual-screen tablet

The more the better is Dell’s mantra with the tablet revealed in a recent patent filling published as part of its latest monthly batch, which consists of two separate displays joined by a vertical hinge. The specifications suggest that it could be one of the most ambitious revivals of the dual-screen approach since the 2012-vintage Sony Tablet P.

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The markings on the upper portion of the tablet represent, from left to right, an orientation sensor, a directional sensor, a camera and a gyroscope chip. Dell has placed a set on each housing to help the operating system determine the relative positioning of the case, which can vary greatly thanks to the flexible mechanism in the middle that keeps everything together:

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The view is automatically adjusted based on the data from those sensors, much like other convertibles. The difference is that the power levels and sensitivity of the monitors are also changed accordingly, so in a scenario like the above where one screen serves as a support, it would be turned off. Using the tablet as an e-reader would likewise result in different settings:

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That way, the displays are set to the minimal sensitivity needed to detect common gestures during reading, notably swiping to turn a page. When the cameras detect that the user wants to perform a more granular action like selecting a specific word, the touch resolution is increased to the appropriate level and then reverted back to the default once you’re all done. It’s a nifty answer to a fairly unique challenge that could arrive in your hands any day now.

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