Intel shows off convertible PC chassis, makes us fall in love

We've fallen in love with this new form factor. A tablet that can be a proper laptop too? Shut up and take our money! Seriously though, this is the new chassis from Intel (and their unnamed partners) that can be used as either a full blown laptop with touch, or can fold right back into the tablet form factor.

It's thin, too, but its still a bit thicker than an iPad at this point. We aren't sure on the weight yet, Intel wouldn't let us get our grubby mits on this since it was running some sort of Windows 8 build, but hopefully we can put our names on the sign up sheet soon. Intel didn't mention pricing or any hardware specifics, either, but it's likely they'll talk more about it tomorrow at their keynote.

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While this is not a new form factor by any stretch of the imagination, it accomplishes a few notable things:

1) The bezel isn't enormous, a problem convertible PCs have suffered for most of the last decade. The Lenovo convertible netbook had a ridiculous bezel, and the HP tm2 convertible had a ridiculous bezel. The Fujitsu convertible isn't too bad, but it's thick, has a disappointing display, and has sub-par internals considering its prohibitive price tag.

2) It's thin. Thinner than an iPad with a keyboard accessory, so this is actually ultra-portable and versatile. It's probably safe to assume this will not have a dedicated GPU, and instead rely on Intel's slightly-below-budget-class graphics.

3) It abandons any kind of mouse input in favor of pure touch. Sure, they could've put in something like a trackpoint with some compact L/R mouse buttons if they wanted to avoid the intrusion of a trackpad, but as it stands, you'll be limited to tablet 'mode' for all input beyond text, unless you add an external mouse (hurts portability a bit).

4) The form factor itself. Swivel-type convertibles are always at risk of being twisted too far and damaging the internals (rarely ever actually happens), and that risk is averted on a sliding convertible. On the other hand, slide-types are more susceptible to impact damage. Give and take, here.

I'll wait for the price point and specs, but I'm not too excited by this. I wish I were, but the skepticism overwhelms me.

All I can say is, when Windows 9 comes, the iPad is going to become a relic rather quickly. Unless Apple brings OS X to iPad, Apple is going the way of the DoDo.

TechieXP said,
All I can say is, when Windows 9 comes, the iPad is going to become a relic rather quickly. Unless Apple brings OS X to iPad, Apple is going the way of the DoDo.
Meant Windows 8

TechieXP said,
All I can say is, when Windows 9 comes, the iPad is going to become a relic rather quickly. Unless Apple brings OS X to iPad, Apple is going the way of the DoDo.

Hmm... there are reports of Apple bringing Mac, to the ARM chip-sets.

FMH said,

Hmm... there are reports of Apple bringing Mac, to the ARM chip-sets.

I wouldn't be surprised by that. Apple never wants to compromise their hardware which is why we never so Mac on an Atom processor. It just makes sense.

This kind of design makes perfect sense for Windows 8, since the form factor for both methods of work is perfect, and I'd personally choose this over a tablet any day, just because of the ease of use of a physical keyboard.

They keyboard stand for the <insert tablet name here> doesn't really work well other than on a desk/hard surface.

This is how tablet computers, should have been made back in 2000 when Bill Gates was speaking of tablet computers. He let PC makers make the dream a reality and they made it into a nightmare by taking a laptop and reversing the screen. If they had did this back then, the iPad would NEVER have stood a chance.

Titoist said,
Looks like a thinner version of this which was released in 2003.
http://reviews.cnet.com/tablet...c/4505-3126_7-30573412.html

Yep, but funny how people just NOW are noticing this like it is some new thing. Windows TabletPC users have this form factor and luxury for 10 years, and it takes Apple to release an oversized phone without the phone for people to notice it now.

The only advantage to NOW is Touch/Stylus screens then were uber expensive, and the power to performance ratio in tablets was just getting down in size. Back then just the screen alone would have cost $2000.

But Apple invented the Tablet, just ask Samsung.

thenetavenger said,

But Apple invented the Tablet, just ask Samsung.

Apple DID invent the tablet. Technology doesn't exist until Apple invents it....... At least according to the kids at school.


This product is doomed to failure. Thicker than the ipad, and those HUGE exhaust ports are a sure sign this is x86 hardware.

Dot Matrix said,

Apple DID invent the tablet. Technology doesn't exist until Apple invents it....... At least according to the kids at school.

This product is doomed to failure. Thicker than the ipad, and those HUGE exhaust ports are a sure sign this is x86 hardware.

They did not invent the tablet as they have been around for years. They invented the modern tablet. (Thin, No drives, capacitive touch screens)

littleneutrino said,

They did not invent the tablet as they have been around for years. They invented the modern tablet. (Thin, No drives, capacitive touch screens)

You missed his sarcasm.

UndergroundWire said,

You missed his sarcasm.

Thank you.


I still think it's going to be passed upon by the buying public. There seems to be this new fad where everything needs to be thin. If it's not thin, people just seem to laugh about it.

HOWEVER, I do think this is the perfect form for a tablet. Just get rid of the x86 hardware to thin it out a little bit and reduce the weight.

Dot Matrix said,

Apple DID invent the tablet. Technology doesn't exist until Apple invents it....... At least according to the kids at school.

SSSHHHHH! you my break some hearts and could be sued by Apple.

Dot Matrix said,
...

I agree, Thin is in.

Comparing my Motorola Xoom Tablet to the iPad 2, I love how the iPad 2 feels in my hand in terms of its thinness and weight.

still1 said,
Dont we have such devices? Hp had such convertible windows tablet.

The concept here is size. There have been convertible TabletPCs since 2002, quite a few even...

thenetavenger said,

The concept here is size. There have been convertible TabletPCs since 2002, quite a few even...

Yeah and they're essentially laptops with flippable screens. I.e. they're bulkier than typical tablets are. This is much closer to a tablet than a laptop, it seems (Although it's still sort of inbetween).

Cyborg_X said,
A giant HTC Shift.

I thought id been send to a page from two years ago by mistake, Even the hinge system is the same im not complaining it was a great device