Wednesday, December 12th 2012

Razer Posts Specs of "Project Fiona" Gaming Tablet

Development of Razer's "Project Fiona" appears to be chugging along. CEO Min-Liang Tan posted its specs that were compiled after a lot of feedback from its Facebook community. The company even used the social networking site to gauge public interest to begin its development.

Project Fiona is an x86 Windows 8-based tablet that's optimized for gaming, with its game controller that latches on to its either sides. According to Razer, we're looking at the following specs:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or Core i7
  • GPU: Mid-range discrete GPU, brand not mentioned, should be sufficient for its 720p resolution
  • Size/weight: "about double the weight and thickness of an Apple iPad"
  • Detachable controllers
  • Price: In the neighbourhood of US$1,299-US$1,499
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22 Comments on Razer Posts Specs of "Project Fiona" Gaming Tablet

#1
dwade
Gaming on battery is still a huge compromise. In the end, it's gonna require a power cord on a wall. I rather they use high-spec CPU and high quality screen, and rely on some sort of docking system with external GPU (thunderbolt?).
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#2
NC37
So in otherwords...its a laptop without a keyboard.

Ok...next please...
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#3
silapakorn
The price is outrageous. Do they really expect to sell these things?
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#4
INSTG8R
Leave it to Razor...:shadedshu
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#5
LDNL
Just another huge flop like their overpriced "PC gaming is not dead" laptop.
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#6
Totally
Oh, look! it's gained $300-$500(as expected) since we last saw it.
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#7
sergionography
by: NC37
So in otherwords...its a laptop without a keyboard.

Ok...next please...
more like ultrabook without a keyboard, im sure their using the 17watt parts with probably nvidia gt640 at most, or amd hd7700m

though they should make an affordable trinity version
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#8
skellattarr
if apple made one it would probably cost more.
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#9
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
should be sufficient for its 720p resolution
Not really much hope for this being high end is there? Windows Surface Pro is essentially the same thing for similar price right? And will likely have more applications other than subpar gaming.
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#10
lZKoce
I actually like their innovation/experimentation. The "first gaming" laptop, may not be a huge success, but it opened my eyes that instead of a Numpad lock-block, the regular manufacturers could potentially put my touchpad there. As a right-handed user that would be SO MUCH BETTER in my opinion (as opposed to current standard- somewhere on the palm rest-left, middle usually). I can't look at any laptop now without thinking of this. In other words, who now knows what will stem up from this gaming tablet. And there are plenty of people whose income is sufficient to buy one of these, so yeah, I hope they sell well. That would support the innovation in an indirect way.
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#11
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
this makes no sense. why didnt they use AMD fusion? its not like that much power is needed in gaming! plus APUs are so much cheaper!
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#12
james888
They only did this because they got 10,000 people or something saying they wanted it. Anyone else remember that poll they had?
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#13
AsRock
TPU addict
Us$1,299-us$1,499 doh!
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#14
blibba
by: de.das.dude
this makes no sense. why didnt they use AMD fusion? its not like that much power is needed in gaming! plus APUs are so much cheaper!
I suspect this will have a 650m, which no APU comes close to for gaming performance.
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#15
3870x2
by: blibba
I suspect this will have a 650m, which no APU comes close to for gaming performance.
For 720p, APUs would probably be very competent.
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#16
blibba
by: 3870x2
For 720p, APUs would probably be very competent.
Depends on the APU. An i7m+650m might end up using less power than an APU comparable to the ones we see in desktops. The ones we see in laptops have CPU clocks so low that games like Skyrim, which are poorly threaded but CPU dependent, become troublesome.
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#17
dark2099
looks like the hand held camera thing james cameron came up with for doing avatar
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#18
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Way to expensive:shadedshu
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#19
FrankWest
I suppose they want people to sell their organs to make payments.

If it's more than 1000$, why not just get a Oculus Rift? Much better imho.
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#20
Vulpesveritas
@Blibba;
An AMD A10-4600m is a 35w TDP part, and is significantly more energy efficient than an i7, of which for Ivy Bridge there are only 45w TDP parts. (and yes, they eat more power in benchmarks) The graphics on die of the A10 w/ 1333mhz dual channel RAM perform just below a Geforce 630m. But a 630m is a 35w TDP part. Which means compared to the top end mobile AMD APU, a comparable Intel + Nvidia setup uses twice as much power for only slightly more gaming performance. On a note, there is a 65w TDP desktop APU part, which would be still more energy efficient than said i7+630m. With a 650m on the other hand, you can add another 20 watts or so, making the AMD APU a more pressing argument, and with the desktop part, you would have the option of 2133mhz RAM, and with such similar performance again with a cheaper overall system.

My guess is though, is it came down to business deals and community favoritism.
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#21
ZentiX
It gona cost us norwegian gamers alots of money, and for that price range here we live. We could buy 1 kick ass gamer pc or 2 mid range gaming pc. Razer is overpriced crap, and drivers that comes with blue screen... Stoped on using Razer for a few years ago after turning in my Lachesis and crapy keyboard 4 times, Razer = cheap plastic and quality, and they use Swifty and Athene to promote their crapy gaming products...
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#22
tacosRcool
So when everybody decides that the PSVita sucks, why would people go and buy this?
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