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So about that "Project Fiona" Thing... (Video)


A couple weeks ago, I reported that Razer was to debut a fancy new piece of hardware at CES, codenamed "Project Fiona." The consensus seemed to point to the notion that this would be the Razer Switchblade, a souped-up gaming netbook with a rather impressive, fully-programmable keyboard. Evidently, the tech has made it's way into the high-end, $2,800 "Blade" gaming laptop, and this "Project Fiona" business was, in fact, a gaming tablet.

Rather than running Android Honeycomb, as has become the standard for most non-iOS tablets, this 10.1 inch window into the digital realm is running Windows 7, though Razer informs Joystiq that the device "will eventually run Windows 8."

What was shown at CES is simply a prototype, and thus details are scant. What we do know is that it its 10.1 inch screen will have a 1280x800-pixel resolution, and will feature a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor. It will also have an accelerometer, as well as force feedback on the controllers affixed to the sides. Speaking with cnet, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan (aka Captain Serious) estimates that Project Fiona "will have battery life akin to that of a laptop, not a tablet." As far as cost is concerned, Razer is looking at a "sub-$1,000 price tag when it brings the final version to market, planned for the end of this year.

Project Fiona is - well, it's something. To be honest, I'm not tremendously fond of the concept. One can only hope that those ghastly controllers/overgrown barnacles on the sides are in some way removable (the photos are less than encouraging) in the final product, lest Fiona lose the portability factor that, well, is the reason one buys a tablet. You could also buy a $900 laptop with a $30 USB game controller. Still, it will be interesting to see what changes come in the future - Razer's purpose for showcasing the tablet was to garner user feedback - and we'll let you know how things develop!

1 Comments

JTSpende said:

Oh wow, this is *way* more interesting than that silly netbook. I've spent a bunch of time playing games on my iPad, and this is pretty much exactly what I was hoping someone would come out with.

I don't really care about the size. I totally disagree that portability is the only reason to buy a tablet. Tablets/touchscreens are an entirely different interaction medium. One of the things I realized when moving from my original DS to my DSi XL is that eventually the only thing the DS will have going for it is portability, because all of the really neat and innovative things you can do on the DS are even better on a bigger screen. I also realized that all of the excitement I had about the WiiU was about the controller, and what I *really* wanted it to be was something like this.

I don't know if this project will actually take off or not, but I'm hoping that it does!

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