avatarby John CallahamNovember 8, 20160 comments


It may be the ultimate mobile device: a product that could, in theory, be used as a smartphone, a tablet and a full laptop PC. Today, a new report claims that Dell and Intel were working on such a device, under the codename Stack. The story claims that the project could have resulted in a 6.4-inch device running on Windows 10 Mobile.

According to VentureBeat’s Evan Blass (also known as “@evleaks”), the project began in mid-2014. The idea was to use Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum feature, which would allow a smartphone app to also be used like a tablet or laptop application, based on the screen size of the device. Blass says that internal documents from Dell  state the first generation Stack product was supposed to use Intel’s low powered Y-series of its seventh generation Core “Kaby Lake” processors, and it would be about nine millimeters in thickness.

The report adds that a second generation version of Stack was also in the works, and that would have been an even smaller 6.0-inch device that could also make calls. That would have made it a true Intel-powered Windows 10 Mobile-based smartphone. However, the report also says that the companies later decided to change the first-generation 6.4-inch device to a more standard issue 7-inch tablet.

The status of Dell and Intel's Stack project is currently unknown

If all of this sounds exciting to you, you might want to keep that in check. Blass says the status of Dell and Intel’s Stack project is currently unknown. The plan was to officially launch the tablet in the spring of 2017, but at the moment, it’s not clear if that will happen. One reason might be related to the launch of the HP Elite x3 earlier this year. That 6-inch smartphone also runs Windows 10 Mobile, but with a Qualcomm processor. Yet it has most of the same features and “one device” design ideas as Stack. It’s possible Dell decided to halt development of Stack after HP’s product was revealed.

Even if Dell and Intel’s product might never come out, it’s possible another PC maker, including Microsoft, could be working on something similar. Would you like to have one device that will be able to serve all your mobile work and play needs?