CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

Summary: Not satisfied with releasing gaming accessories like mice and headsets, Razer has taken a big turn into system building. First, it announced the forthcoming Blade gaming laptop, and now it's unveiled a concept tablet that claims it will bring real PC gaming capabilities to a slate.

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Not satisfied with releasing gaming accessories like mice and headsets, Razer has taken a big turn into system building. First, it announced the forthcoming Blade gaming laptop, and now it's unveiled a concept tablet that claims it will bring real PC gaming capabilities to a slate.

Project Fiona comprises a 10.1-inch tablet, along with a pair of integrated gaming controllers (though the screen will include multi-touch and accelerometer support). According to our sister site CNET, it will run Windows 8, as well as an "Android overlay".

It will pack an Intel Core i7 processor, and presumably it will rely on that chip's integrated graphics, which suggests it will be an Ivy Bridge CPU (with superior integrated graphics to Sandy Bridge). Also included is a Dolby 7.1 surround sound system that's been THX certified. Razer promises pricing under $1,000, which makes sense since you get pick up an Alienware M11x gaming netbook with a discrete graphics card for $899.

Yes, this tablet might be able to play Crysis, but don't get your hopes up that it will play it at anything but the lowest settings. Nonetheless, Razer seems out to prove that you can get your game on -- in a more traditional sense -- with Windows 8 tablets. There's no word on when exactly Project Fiona will become a real commercial product (or if), but we'll be keeping a close eye on its development in the coming months.

More CES 2012 coverage from CNET and ZDNet.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Mobility, Windows

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  • RE: CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

    If the gaming handles aren't detachable then that's a pretty moronic device.
    dsf3g
    • RE: CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

      @dsf3g

      It has an accelerometer so i'm willing to bet those come off so you can rock it as a standalone Windows 8 tablet. The Android Overlay is worthless because Win 8 is a true OS!
      Rob.sharp
      • RE: CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

        @rob.sharp@...
        As defined how? Are you claiming Android is imaginary? How about Win98, was that a fake OS?

        You apparently doubled down on the mindless sycophant gene.
        .DeusExMachina.
  • I don't get it

    If this is an OEM-produced machine, from what I understand, any OEM device that is to pass WinQual logo certification must have a screen that works with side-by-side Metro apps, which means it has to have a 16:9 screen with a minimum resolution of 1366x768. And yet, Razer puts the specs at a 1280x800 screen, meaning it's 16:10.

    Why would they do this, knowing that it won't pass WinQual? Are they trying to fit it into the "ultra-mobile" (ie. Intel's underpowered Atom netbooks specs that keep the industry moving backwards) WinQual profile which has more lax requirements? If so, they might also be relegating the device to a "Starter" Windows SKU once Microsoft figures out how to divide them up. Microsoft has already said that tablets should be 16:9 to take full advantage of Metro, so cutting the specs down is just cheating customers out of a full Windows 8 experience.

    In a royalty OEM contract, all systems must meet WinQual certification requirements, or must fit into the sub(par)-profile requirements of an "ultra-mobile" (not the same as the UMPC profile - this is the netbook standard for Starter).
    Joe_Raby
  • RE: CES 2012: Razer Project Fiona is a Windows 8 tablet with dual controllers for PC gaming

    The controllers do not seem attached to me??? But my eye sight is poor! What someone else say?
    eargasm