There are a lot of ways to make a dual-screen laptop. Some models we’ve seen in recent years have a second screen where you’d normally find a keyboard. Others have one on the lid. Some put a screen above the keyboard. And a handful put a screen next to the keyboard.

Compal’s DualFlip laptop design is something different. It’s a notebook with a special hinge that allows users to flip out a 13.3 inch display and position it either above the primary 13.3 inch screen or to the side of the primary display.

The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer recently won an iF Design Guide award for the design, which pictures show is really more like a dual-screen tablet with an adjustable hinge, a built-in kickstand and a detachable keyboard.

If you unfold the screens to a 115 degree angle and place the keyboard on top of the bottom screen, the computer looks and works like a notebook.

But if you remove the keyboard and extend the displays to a 180 degree angle, you can extend a kickstand from the back and use the wireless keyboard to interact with content across both screens, stacked vertically.

Or you can adjust the hinge so that the screens are positioned one next to the other in a horizontal arrangement.

Or you can like both screens flat and use the computer like a tablet with support for touch or pressure-sensitive pen input.

It’s unclear if you’ll ever actually be able to buy a laptop based on the DualFlip design. Compal is an ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) that builds products for other companies and doesn’t sell devices based on its own designs directly to consumers. And some of the company’s older award-winning dual-screen laptop concepts never actually made it to market. But maybe this one will be different?

Support Liliputing

Liliputing's primary sources of revenue are advertising and affiliate links (if you click the "Shop" button at the top of the page and buy something on Amazon, for example, we'll get a small commission).

But there are several ways you can support the site directly even if you're using an ad blocker* and hate online shopping.

Contribute to our Patreon campaign


Contribute via PayPal

* If you are using an ad blocker like uBlock Origin and seeing a pop-up message at the bottom of the screen, we have a guide that may help you disable it.

Subscribe to Liliputing via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,543 other subscribers

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.