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Compal Duo360 and Duo360 X are two takes on two-screen laptops

Two new dual-screen laptops from Compal showed up at the IF Design Guide Awards website this week. And they present two different approaches toward how a dual-screen laptop should work. It’s unclear if either will come to market anytime soon. But Compal is a contract manufacturer that builds laptops and other devices for a number […]

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Compal’s FullVision is a dual-screen laptop (or laptop + standalone tablet)

Dual-screen laptops are all the rage these days, but while most companies have taken the boring approach of putting the second screen where the keyboard is, Compal’s FullVision laptop puts two screens in your line of sight while keeping the keyboard unaffected. The design is much more like the experience of using two desktop monitors at […]

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Compal PivoBook is a laptop with a display that works in landscape or portrait

Most laptops have 16:9 displays. Some have 16:10 or 3:2 screens. But one thing that pretty much every modern laptop has in common? The display is wider than it is tall. At first look, the PivoBook from Taiwanese manufacturer Compal looks the same. But there’s on key difference — you can flip the screen from […]

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Compal’s DuoFlip is the weirdest laptop concept I’ve seen in a while

Plenty of companies have laptops that transform into tablets. But Compal’s DuoFlip is something a little… different. At first glance it looks like a normal notebook, and you can use it like one by lifting the lid the way you would on any other laptop PC. Push the screen back 360 degrees and you can […]

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Compal’s Dual Cylindrical 360 is a weird, super-thin convertible tablet concept

In some ways convertible tablet-style laptops give you the best of both worlds. You have a full-fledged laptop that you can also use as a tablet by pushing the display back 360 degrees so that it’s back-to-back with the keyboard. But laptops with this type of 360-degree display are typically thicker and heavier than standalone […]

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Expect to see more Alexa-enabled PCs soon

Acer’s latest laptops come with support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. And Asus and HP announced plans to bring Alexa to some of their PCs earlier this year. Now Amazon says it’s working with ODMs (original design manufacturers) too. The company has unveiled four new PC designs that feature microphones for far-field voice recognition that […]

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Compal Jupiter II smart assistant hits the FCC (voice control, camera, and home automation)

A new voice-controlled smart home speaker showed up at the FCC website, and while it looks a bit like an Amazon Echo, the new Jupiter II smart assistant is actually a product from Taiwanese equipment maker Compal Electronics. The cylindrical device is described as an “all-in-one Smart Assistant” and features a camera, an array of […]

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Compal repurposes Fusion Garage Grid 10 design for upcoming tablet

The Fusion Garage Grid 10 tablet wasn’t exactly a success with critics… or with anyone else. The company went out of business earlier this year. But Engadget Chinese reports that Taiwanese device maker Compal is giving the hardware new life and calling it the Compal Smart Pad PBJ40. The move makes some sense, since the Grid 10’s […]

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Prototype shows AMD’s answer to Intel’s ultrabooks

Most of the top PC makers have already hopped on the ultrabook bandwagon, introducing thin and light laptops with the latest Intel processors, quick boot technology, and other newfangled features. But while Intel has trademarked the word “ultrabook” it certainly doesn’t have the monopoly on ultraportable laptops. Chip maker AMD is hoping that computer makers […]

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Nokia Booklet 3G version 2 coming in 2010?

The Nokia Booklet 3G still hasn’t even started shipping in the US yet, but Nokia is reportedly looking at launching an updated version of the netbook next year. Digitimes cites a Chinese-language news outlet that says Nokia’s manufacturing partner Compal is working overtime to keep up with demand for Nokia’s first netbook. There’s no word […]

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Compal demos Google Android netbook with Snapdragon CPU – Video

Computer maker Compal is showing off one of those Google Android netbooks we first heard the company would be developing back in April. The netbook on display at Computex has a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and what looks like a 9 or 10 inch display and a nearly full sized keyboard. Compal is being shy with […]