CES 2013: Lenovo Announces 27", Windows 8-Powered "Horizon" Table PC
January 6, 2013 6:00 PM
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Lenovo's Horizon will start at $1,700
We have seen large, multi-touch table PC concepts in the past from
companies like Microsoft
. More recently, we've seen Sony tackle the sector with the
Vaio Tap 20
Now, Lenovo is looking to expand its presence in your living room with the 27" IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. The Horizon can lay on a flat surface (like a table or floor) where multiple users can gather around and interact with the touch interface.
Horizon supports simultaneous 10-finger touch, and even comes with a few cool peripherals to use including E-dice for card-based games and four joysticks (Lenovo currently has backing from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft for games with Horizon support).
When not being used in table mode, the Horizon can easily convert into a regular 27" desktop PC (1920x1080 resolution).
The Horizon runs
Windows 8 Pro
, packs in a third-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to a NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M graphics card with 1GB of memory, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, and up to a 1TB HDD. A 64GB SSD can be optionally added. Other features include stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theater v4, Bluetooth and 802.11n, 720p webcam, 6-in-1 media reader, and USB 3.0 support.
Thankfully, the Horizon includes an integrated battery so that families can gather around and interact with the device and not trip over wires. However, don't expect to go cordless for too long -- the integrated battery is only good for a maximum of two hours before you have to go scrambling to find the power cord.
“We've seen technology shifts across the four screens, from the desktop to the laptop, tablet and smartphone, and yet, while people have more computing power than ever before, there is still room for technologies like Horizon that bring people together," said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, Lenovo. "Horizon makes personal computing interpersonal computing with shared, collaborative experiences among several people,”
Lenovo's Horizon Table PC will not launch until early summer, and will feature a price tag starting at $1,699.
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RE: Wow... just wow
1/7/2013 9:11:54 AM
Interesting point you bring up about consumer behavior/expectations. My anecdotal observations agree with your comments and are derived from parent experience. We have an 11 yr old, so we see lots of kids entering middle school. They are buying ipad minis like crazy, less so ipads, because they do a good job and they are low on the price scale. Many families have multiple kids in middle and high school. Add to that parent's own desire for their own devices, in addition to phones for everybody, and you see this huge market for cheaper devices, not more expensive. Most families who want 2 or 3 or more tablets as this market heats up have to focus on cheap ones and will limit their purchases if they're too expensive, thereby limiting Win 8 sales as well.
RE: Wow... just wow
1/9/2013 1:41:06 AM
Real world sales figures have reflected this behavior, and now the CEOs of numerous OEMs have been saying the same things over the last few days. The shift in the hardware requirements for Windows 8 is going to change their bottom line in a big way, especially now that Intel is enforcing Ultrabook branding by requiring touchscreens.
I'm honestly surprised that this is such a controversial post but somehow it got the fanboys all worked up. The impact Win8 is having on hardware requirements, thus prices, thus Win8 sales, is so obvious. The fact that the same people running these companies says a lot, but I suppose that the expert opinions of idiot commentors like karlostomy and cheesewiz counts for a lot too.
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