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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
By TakinYourPoints on 1/9/2013 12:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
These customers defect to Google en masse, why chase them? Let Google have the poor non-paying customers who will watch ads, while MS has a slice of rich customers formerly belonging to Apple. More profit to MS this way.

No, it means less profit to MS this way. Moving Windows licenses is the main thing that matters to them, not selling fewer tablets. If they give the low end away to Google then they're basically throwing away the hardware platform that got Windows 7 sales going at a staggering 20 million units per month.

Don't you get it? This isn't rocket science.

Big heavy laptop with 3 hours of battery life of small light tablet with 9 hour of battery life? That's a tough choice LOL. Of course most people would go for a tablet, since it's just as good for office/mail/web/video/casual gaming as a heavier laptop.

The tablet also costs more. This isn't a userbase that is concerned with quality, if they did then low cost laptops and netbooks wouldn't have sold well in the first place.

People in shops and all over user forums complain about tablet prices while bragging about some garbage $400 notebook they bought that can "do more" because it has a bad keyboard and a "real" OS. This isn't changing anytime soon, not when so many customers at the low end have been trained to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Same for iPad which started to sell better when they made crappier/cheaper mini version.

The iPad sold over 100 million units as of last year. It is as big a consumer electronics blockbuster as can be expected. Bigger than consoles and bigger/more profitable than the PC market. The iPad mini is gravy.

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