Razer unveils Windows 8 gaming tablet

Gaming peripheral company Razer reveals Project Fiona concept tablet at CES in Las Vegas; the Windows 8 device is slated for a sub-$1,000 price tag and planned for release by the end of 2012.

Razer, a company best known for its gaming peripherals, has unveiled that it is working on a new Windows 8 gaming tablet that would allow users to play fully fledged PC titles.

As reported by CNET, Razer unveiled the concept for the Project Fiona tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, detailing plans to release the product before the end of the year for a sub-$1,000 price tag.

Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet. Image source: CNET.

According to CNET's report, the tablet will run in Windows 8 and will use an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor and a solid-state drive (SSD).

It will also sport a 10.1-inch touch screen, 1024x768-pixel resolution, two analog joysticks attached to its sides, a battery life akin to that of a laptop, and an accelerometer. Razer showed off the device at CES, allowing attendees to try out PC titles on the tablet, such as Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 and Company of Heroes.

CNET reports that Razer's goal with Project Fiona is to "offer sufficient horsepower for true PC gaming, as well as tablet-like portability and ease of use."

In November last year, Amazon launched the US$200 Kindle Fire, an Android-powered tablet that runs music, movies, TV shows and also allows users to play games, including Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.

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Gameric69
Gameric69

So in spawn i can do, well, all things i do on my laptop or pc now (or more since my laptop is 3 years old and my pc is .. at work, and admin restricted for work stuff).

Really, playing a pc shooter smooooothly, almost anywhere i want (where there's wifi) - on a tablet (!) simply sounds like great. Stactic pc gaming is not for everyone. Hope i can afford this (or convince my wife we can)

Jpleblancfinal
Jpleblancfinal

"It will be under a thousand dollars"  

oh. WAIT, WHAT!!!!   o_O  

townsforever
townsforever

@Nzilla Its got two analog sticks, triggers and eight buttons with a touch screen for virtual buttons if needed. that sounds like a pretty strong interface to me. (xbox controllers have the exact same number of buttons.) I'll buy this thing for sure if it has a reasonable price and lifespan.

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

And if anyone's complaining about the resolution, it's a 10-inch tablet...1024x768 is a lot for a small screen.

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

Though I'm not sure if I like it...this may be the future of portable gaming.

Nzilla
Nzilla

I'd rather get the new Wii U then that... thing. I can't imagine you could play too many pc games with such a weak interface. though if casual is your thing, go get them angry birds out. yehaw!

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

I lol at you MS fanboys.Heck,it looks a lot more ugly than the Wii U controller and people are not even hating it as much as the Wii U controller.

Spybreak
Spybreak

@psx_warrior The game is Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

xcollector
xcollector

That looks worse than the WiiU controller.

fillup0
fillup0

Oh and guys, 1024x768 is not bad really... I had to put up with it for years and it was fine.

fillup0
fillup0

If only I had too much money to care...

chyng85
chyng85

It's big, but attractive~!

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

What game is he playing here? It looks like a total blast!!!

ZOD777
ZOD777

Who the hell are they marketing this to? Do adults really want a gaming tablet? Are kids going to be able to convince their parents to get them something that looks like a kid will drop and break in one month? Not to mention the price. I don't understand the focus group they used to decide that this project was a go. Meh. Good luck Razer, you are going to need it. These companies keep on trying to tap the casual gaming market, and casual gamers. They neglect to realize that core gamers don't want crap like this, and casuals aren't going to pay top dollar for something that is designed to play video games! *sigh*

advocacy
advocacy

$1,000 for a gaming tablet, eh? Time to sell another kidney.

soulfulDAGGER
soulfulDAGGER

Looks incredible. But a few things I would like to see. They have to up the resolution, add a built in Blue Ray drive, a stand so it can sit on a table, and detachable controllers.

amirzaim
amirzaim

gaming tablet...I wonder if this tablet is using ARM-based cpu or just stick with a traditional x86 cpu...

wyan_
wyan_

Those controllers look so much like a Sony nav controller. Am I crazy in thinking they might be detachable and something that might come with the Kinextbox this November?

Dumachum
Dumachum

@Phatjam Maybe YOU need to get more of an understanding of the hardware. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/20 Oh look how the I7 and it's multitude of cores, that no games actually support yet outside of emulation, justify the DOUBLE PRICE tag over the I5's. Oh wait, it doesn't. And SSDs, yes Tablets require them. They are still overpriced and have next to no capacity. As well as Integrated graphics. WHY? That's not "true PC gaming". It's a waste. Crummy console controller handles and tilt-a-hurl gimmick motion controls no thanks. The point is it's an overpriced, underpowered, head scratching pile of crap with a tiny screen that has NO REASON what so ever for any one to purchase one. And if anyone does they should be punched immediately in the face for doing so. It's a ripoff targeting people who have no clue what they are buying.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Over priced and looks like it has Playstation Move sticks on each side.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Albaficas Oh yeah? So you have used Win 8 on a tablet already? Really? And you've also used Win 7 on a tablet? Really? LOL Win 7 is my OS for the forseeable future, but come on with this Win 8 is crap stuff. I have played with Win 8 Beta and its not bad. Run in Desktop mode it has some very nice features and it could be surprising but mainly it is an OS for phones, tablets and net books. Get a grip

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Wow...completely stupid. No person is going to pop that thing out on a bus or a plane. You'd look like a total nut job running around with that cluncky giant WiiU remote.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Dumachum While this product isn't the best in many way, your post shows your lack of understanding of computer hardware. an i7 has some big advantages over an i5, both in total cores and clock speed as well as HT tech types and other functions. A SSD is the only way to go with a tablet and really should be the core OS drive in any laptop/Desktop PC. SSD's are so much faster than HDD's that it isn't even a fair fight. Every Laptop/Tablet has integrated Video, it is one of the main drawbacks for gamers as it is impossible to upgrade the video card. 10.1 screen is a fairly standard size for a tablet, what did you want a 17" tablet? That is just silly. Next time do a little research into hardware before you make such silly statements. Again, this device is not great, and not worth 1000 but it is a start. Razor is not a PC manufacturer, so it will fall short in many ways as well as cost more than it should. Eventually Asus, Alienware and others will come out with superior products at a much more affordable price point.

wetwall209
wetwall209

It may be big, heavy, awkward and expensive, but you do have to give razer some kudos on venturing into new territory. Broke people need not apply. Starting at $1000 this is defiantly for people who have some serious throw away cash.

DanPhi11ips
DanPhi11ips

Surely this is only good if you have more money than sense, since it will cost loads and way a tone. May as well just get a laptop which will obviously be a bit heavier, but will most likely be atleast half the price and could well be more powerful anyway.

Dumachum
Dumachum

Is this a bad joke or something? i7 has no major benefit in PC gaming over an i5. Pathetic resolution. Pathetic screen size. Expensive SSD. Integrated/custom video Laughable controls (no M/KB) $1,000?? lol The thing is practically the same size as a micro laptop with the same charge life and most liekly lower video performance. Why not just carry a laptop around? They missed the mark on EVERYTHING with this abomination. Power for "true PC gaming". What a joke.

jporter313
jporter313

@Lyulf: Plants vs. Zombies hardly a game?!? HERESY!!!

Lyulf
Lyulf

This sounds good, buuut... If someone would come up with a app that would allow playing things like WoW, Guild Wars, Skyrim, etc. on android devices they'd make a freakin' fortune. Sorry, but Angry birds and Plants Vs Zombies barely qualify as games.

pakhair
pakhair

This is something killer, If it's something which attracts me after launch will grab it cause I'm tired of carrying my lappy everywhere to play games

Albaficas
Albaficas

Win 8 are utter crap (worse than vista) Win 8 Functionality is H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E Win 7 are the next (XP) And will be for LONG TIME

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Like the idea of adding dual analog sticks and buttons to a computer tablet. Sub-$1000.00 price point. That could be the only thing to kill this. A tablet computer/iPad 2 starts at $500.00-$700.00 depending on HDD size. A handheld costing $500.00 minimum is not going to get far. Good idea but may be too expensive for wide adoption.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Am I the only person that thinks it's butt-ugly? I mean functionality wise, I'm kinda staggered at the prospect and would give my left nut for it, but it looks.... er.... awful. For what will be such an expensive piece of kit...

decebal
decebal

Totally buying this. I was waiting for the 11 inch alienware to have a touch screen. I do have an awesome rig already... but I don't have the portability... and all the existing tablets just don't cut it.

DarkRupert
DarkRupert

portability is always expensive. if you dont want to pay more then why the hell are you even looking at portable devices? i can see a possible partnership with drm services with this. and lots of internet bandwidth gone.. my pc setup is also way more expensive since im a developer, sometimes it is actualy busy with long processes then i cant use it. this can be perfect for those situations. i wonder about battery though on peak gaming. and Laura Parker needs to learn the difference between small, crappy, repetative mobile games and actual quality and depth games. why would she even mention the kindle fire as a competitor? its not like its aiming for the low spec tablet market, its a gaming device with power behind it. but i would like to know the manufacturing cost, think its gona be close to 1k.

cable126
cable126

Yes you could buy a awesome PC gaming rig with that sort of cash, but you then cant tuck that PC into your backpack. Why all the hate people? This thing looks rad!

pszone
pszone

This not going to sell

spector000
spector000

Right, and a smart person is going to buy a 1000$ PC and have fun with BF 3 and 1000 times better graphics. Or better yet get a 200$ console and have fun on a 40" TV and 3 friends.

Blue-Diamond
Blue-Diamond

I like Razer trying to be innovated. But I'm with that guy that says, you can make a pretty sick rig for that kind of money. But I'm glad to see that people are demanding more power and the makers are responding. I'm still waiting for the sweet spot. I would love to buy a laptop or maybe a tablet if they advance first. But I've never seen one yet worth the money. I built my last rig out of necessity. I was willing to buy from someone but they just didn't cater to me for the price. Origin was the only one that would come close but they are making at least 2000.00 profit a pop, off a 4000.00 rig. I cannot see giving my hard earned money like that. If I made that kind of money that would be fine, but I think retailer forget that there are more single family home owners then ever before. Only double income people can afford something like that. But I would not be denied, so I built my own. I have retailer to thank for that, you have pushed me enough for me to go through the trouble of making it myself. And I'm glad you did, I will never get a premade computer again. So see if you can sale me a Laptop or Tablet anytime in the furture. Go back to the drawing board or go broke.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

If it's Razer, why is it missing powerful Tron like LED lights? And $1000 for a easily breakable (but not a laptop) low-res gaming device? -Sheer madness.

Doro120
Doro120

So basically the Innovative Idea is: Attach 2 PS Move Navigational Controller to a Tablet...

marlobc
marlobc

stong product Razer!

Doro120
Doro120

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Link3301
Link3301

It's not gonna be $1,000, it's gonna be $999.99, duh they said sub $1,000.

rarson
rarson

Windows 8? Core I7? Blah. It's not going to be good for gaming or anything. Which isn't what tablets are for anyway.

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

I wouldn't be caught dead with this thing. Regardless, I could save the ~$1k and build an actual PC with that money.

starduke
starduke

Hmm, get this, or a Kindle Fire AND some upgrades for my rig for a lot less. Guess what I'm gonna pick.