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Razer "Project Fiona" Windows 8 Gaming Platform Named Razer Edge

It's a tablet. It's a PC. It's a console. It's all of the above: a full-feature PC and the most powerful tablet in the world. What's more, it has four modes specially designed for gamers and is able to run all PC games and applications. Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced it intends to send its highly-acclaimed Project Fiona PC gaming tablet concept into production and retail distribution this year as the "Razer Edge" in North America and Asia Pacific.

The Razer Edge was introduced in January 2012 at CES as Project Fiona-the world's first tablet designed for PC gamers by PC gamers-where it received CNET's "Best of CES 2012" People's Voice Award, Stuff magazine's "Hot Stuff" Award, IGN magazine's "Best of CES" award and Laptop magazine's "Best of CES award."

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

Microsoft Working on Xbox Surface, 7-inch Gaming Tablet

It looks like Razer's reluctance over Project Fiona may have cost it some potential market share, and it's going to have to face mighty Microsoft in the upcoming gaming tablet market segment. Redmond plans to fuse its Xbox and Surface product lines to create the Xbox Surface, a 7-inch tablet designed for gaming. There's not much information on how Microsoft will handle input, but we're guessing that in addition to its multi-touch screen, Microsoft could bundle a wireless Xbox 360 controller. The tablet itself could be designed with buttons and thumb-sticks. The 7-inch 16:9 screen of the Xbox Surface features a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (720p). Driving the tablet is an ARM-based SoC, though it's possible that Microsoft could decide to use an Intel x86 chip. The ARM processor is backed by high-bandwidth memory. The new tablet is most likely slated for 2013.

Razer Project Fiona On, Seeks FCC Approval

Earlier this month, Razer asked the gaming community to show their support for its ambitious "Project Fiona," (the development of an ergonomic, gaming-grade tablet). It looks like they have it, and are proceeding with its development. An engineering sample of the device showed up at FCC labs for approval. Only devices at a very advanced stage of development reach regulators such as the FCC and CE. The FCC document detailing "Fiona" lists the device as having a 5600 mAh battery, and a game controller accessory (the handlebar controller), which has a battery pack of its very own.

Razer to Continue Work on Project Fiona, if Users Approve

Razer is once again taking to Facebook to gauge consumer interest on an upcoming (and undecided) product. The company is willing to go forward with "Project Fiona," a tablet designed for handheld gaming, if 10,000 users like and share the pitch on Facebook. "Earlier this year, we announced a concept design - Project Fiona: The World’s First Tablet Designed for PC Gamers. We’ve been working on it since then and have narrowed down a couple of key concepts/designs. We would like to reach out to the community to see the level of interest before we actually launch it. If you’d like to see Razer make the product that won “Best of CES” People’s Voice Award, then now’s your chance to let your voice be heard," said Razer's Min-Liang Tan. Earlier this year, Razer gauged public interest in a similar manner before beginning to work on a left hand-oriented variant of its Naga MMO mouse.

Razer Reveals 'Project Fiona' PC Gaming Tablet at CES

Razer, the world leader in high performance gaming hardware, is proud to announce their newest gaming concept design - the Project Fiona PC Gaming Tablet. Unlike other tablets designed for general use and casual gaming, Project Fiona is a tablet concept designed to play the most popular PC games of today with an intuitive control setup for a phenomenal on-the-go gaming experience.
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