Razer will produce Project Fiona Windows 8 gaming tablet, crowdsource its specs

Razer will produce Project Fiona Windows 8 gaming tablet, crowdsource its specs

Summary: The company received the 10,000 likes on Facebook it wanted to move forward with the project. Now it's asking fans to vote on which CPU/GPU combo the tablet should have.

TOPICS: Tablets, Hardware

At a time when hardcore PC gaming is on the wane in popularity, if not in enthusiasm, Razer is doubling down on new hardware initiatives like its Blade gaming laptop. It showed off another concept -- a Windows 8 gaming tablet dubbed Project Fiona -- at CES in January, and thanks to a Facebook vote, Razer says it will put the slate in production. 

Last week Razer asked for 10,000 shares or likes of a post on its Facebook page in order for Project Fiona to proceed beyond the concept phase. Two days later, CEO Min-Liang Tan announced that the goal had been met and that the company will begin producing it in earnest. A couple of days later, Tan posted saying that Razer wants its fans to decide with which CPU and GPU combination the tablet will ship.

According to Tan, Project Fiona could have any of the following combos: an ARM processor, which would only deliver performance for casual gaming; an Intel Core i5 processor that uses its integrated graphics; a Core i5 or i7 processor with a midrange discrete GPU; or a Core i7 CPU with a high-end graphics card. Obviously, the third and fourth choices in particular would raise the price of Project Fiona well beyond the usual tablet pricing and increase the heft of it considerably.

Nonetheless, a quick scan of the 2,000+ comments for the post on Tan's Facebook page show that C and D appear to be the most popular choices at the moment. That's not surprising considering that there probably aren't too many casual gaming fans among Razer and Tan's Facebook audience, while there would be plenty of gamers who want the best hardware. After all, the Blade sold out its first 30-day inventory in a half hour, despite costing nearly $3,000.

Of course, a tablet with a high-end processor and graphics card may cost close to $2,000 when all is said and done. Would you have any interest in a gaming tablet like Project Fiona? Let us know in the Talkback section below. 

[Via The Tech Report]

Topics: Tablets, Hardware

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  • Honestly, it depends on what integrated games they can get

    I'm all for the mid-high range PC components, especially because running full Windows unlocks an extreme amount of content. If it goes that route, it'll have a pretty decent chance of doing well. It solves the main problem with tablet gaming (for non-casual gamers at least.) in that touchscreen controls will never appeal to real gamers. There are a large amount of controller enabled games for the PC that could do quite well on a device like this.
  • Bettery suppor and OS!!!

    Those are critical parts.

    CPU and GPU can be GREAT but USELESS if you can not play for long, or if yours games aren't there for you.

    Battery life, and availability of games will decide.

    (Not that I would by it, anyway. Currency exchange rate kill anything beyond 1000$ for me :( )
  • They need a good mix...

    of price and performance.

    Let's face it, a majority of gaming enthusiasts aren't rich per say. I think it needs to stay at $999 or below. Performance wise, I don't think gamers expect to be able to run 8xMSAA/16xFSAA on a tablet. The only real difference between an i5 and i7 is hyperthreading - most games do not make use those extra cores so that is an unneeded extra cost.

    Likewise, there's no way your fitting something with the power of a GTX 670 or HD 7970. If you have somewhere in the range of 512-1024 MB of vram, with a decent amount of shaders, I think you can still hit a competitive price point.

    And call me stupid (j/k), but I don't know how fond I would be of being restricted to some fixed controls on the sides of the tablet, feels like gaming with buttons on a steering wheel. I would much rather have wireless RF controls that would allow for some freedom of motion and moving around.
  • I'm thinking pair an i5

    with something like a GTX 650. In the MacBook Retina, it's powerful enough to run most anything thrown at it in NATIVE resolution, though with medium-high graphics settings. Even so, chances are the display in this thing will be 1360x768, so anything beyond a 650 or 660 (or an AMD 7770 for that matter) would just be something for the frame rate people.