Razer's Project Fiona joins the Blade laptop and Switchblade hand-held system as the company branches out.
Peripherals manufacturer Razer has announced its third entry into the world of portable gaming devices, following the Blade laptop and Switchblade concept with a gaming-oriented tablet dubbed Project Fiona.
Unveiled in prototype form at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Fiona takes the form of a Windows-based 10.1in tablet with a 1280x800 resolution multi-touch display. Packing an Intel Core i7 chip under the hood - likely the same low-power model found in the top-end Ultrabooks - the system claims to offer a hybrid user interface that allows it to be used as a gaming device as well as a general-purpose tablet.
Featuring dual pistol-grip controllers, each of which offers multiple buttons and an analogue stick, either side of the screen, Razer claims the Fiona is capable of playing any game for which gamepad control is possible; and in these days of console-led development cycles, that's pretty much any game. Each controller also includes force feedback technology, while audio is taken care of by a THX-certified speaker system with - presumably virtualised - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound capabilities.
As well as the clever controllers, the Fiona includes all the usual tablet features: connectivity is taken care of by 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, while the tablet includes three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer; missing from the list, however, is a GPS receiver.
Details of the device are scarce, but Razer claims it is both real and in active development with a view to launch a retail version as soon as possible priced at around $1,000 (about £652, excluding tax.) A small amount - and we mean small amount - of additional information is available on the official microsite
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