Skylake reference design spotted in Shenzhen

— 9:00 AM on April 13, 2015

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich confirmed in February that the Core M processor is getting a Skylake refresh in the second half of the year. Other Skylake chips are rumored for later in the year, as well, and a reference system made the rounds at the Intel Developer Forum in Shenzhen, China last week. MobileGeeks got its hands on the convertible tablet, which is laced with the latest technologies in addition to an intriguing secondary display.

Most of the action goes down on a 2560x1440 touchscreen, but the tablet also has a small e-ink display on the back. This secondary screen can be used to display photos, text, and other content. Although the e-ink sidekick probably won't be incorporated into production Skylake systems, it's nice to see Intel experimenting with the tech. I'd love to have the option of switching to a full-sized e-ink display that worked well in direct sunlight.

MobileGeeks didn't get any details on the Skylake hardware behind the reference machine, but the chip is likely a Core M variant optimized for slim tablets. The reference system also includes wireless charging, RealSense camera tech, and a generous assortment of ports that includes a Thunderbolt connector. Intel said last year that Skylake reference designs would also be equipped with WiGig networking. We don't know how many of those features will be available in final systems, though.

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