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Razer's Project Fiona gets hardware target

Razer's Project Fiona gets hardware target

Facebook voters have told Razer to stick high-end Intel CPUs and mid-range discrete graphics into the Project Fiona tablet, and to hell with portability.

Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet - originally unveiled back in January as a design prototype and then given the green light for production thanks to Facebook demand - now has a target set of specifications.

While Razer had settled on the rough design of the tablet, which packs a 10.1in display into a strange bondage outfit that clips it to a pair of analogue controller sticks with buttons and triggers, it had made no firm decision on the hardware that would be contained therein. Following the overwhelming interest from its Facebook fans as to the creation of the Razer, the company turned to its audience to firm up the internals - and the message is clear: the Razer needs to be the most powerful tablet around if it is to succeed.

Given a choice of various options, from low-end battery-friendly parts to top-of-the-range hardware, voters settled on putting an Intel Core i5 or - better yet - Core i7 processor into the device along with mid-range discrete graphics hardware. As a result, the Fiona tablet should rival mid-priced gaming laptops for performance.

There are trade-offs to be made here, of course: by voting for the high-performance hardware option, fans have told Razer that the weight and size of the device are less important. As a result, the Fiona will be significantly less portable than originally anticipated with the vote settling on allowing it to be around twice the thickness and weight of Apple's iPad in order to make room for the hardware and a battery that might last for more than ten minutes at a time.

The controller pads must be detachable for when you're using the tablet as a tablet, the voters stated - although there's no word that Razer will make them compatible with other 10.1in tablet devices - and pricing should be set somewhere at around $1,300 to $1,500 (around £806 to £930 excluding taxes) - higher than the original target price of $1,000 set at the start of the project.

With the hardware target set, a price point in mind and the first prototype devices already passing through the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification process, all that remains is for Razer to set a launch date - and for the armchair hardware designers to translate their Facebook Likes into firm orders.

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Guinevere 12th December 2012, 10:29 Quote
So it'll be expensive, heavy, with a 2.5hr (Max!) battery life, and play PC games like using the worlds heaviest console controller?

It'll probably be a lovely toy but PC hardware heat and power requirements is going to mean it'll be too big, drain too much juice from the cells and cost a LOT.

But I assume Razor know this so hopefully they'll have sourced a production run that will allow them to make money on small volume sales. It'll be a shame to see the product tank because Razor are relying on them selling them by the truckload.
Griffter 12th December 2012, 10:42 Quote
they going to see the butts! its easy to make a dream machine from users voting and another for them to support the damn thing! they were all yes yes yes makes this , put that in. but now the price make make them go.. umm thats sooo cool, too bad i cant afford it.

i would say most that voted have rigs already and would rather buy a new GPU than that.
blacko 12th December 2012, 11:10 Quote
its a nice idea but very far fetched. It could do with some sort of wireless charging system...

Based on the expected prices it could run on something like this
i7 3630qm
8gb of ram
120gb mSATA
and something like a GTX660M - 675M or AMD equivalent.
Windows 8 (non RT)
Ta10n 12th December 2012, 12:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by blacko
its a nice idea but very far fetched. It could do with some sort of wireless charging system...

Based on the expected prices it could run on something like this
i7 3630qm
8gb of ram
120gb mSATA
and something like a GTX660M - 675M or AMD equivalent.
Windows 8 (non RT)

Hopefully it's something more pedestrian than that. I've got a similar setup (i7 2720qm, 16gb ram, 120gb ssd, GT555M) and I'd be lucky to get 45 minutes of gaming on a 9-cell battery. For a tablet device that's pretty much unacceptable, especially when you consider that you'll probably get a 4-cell at most.

If Razer have any sense they'll wait for Haswell and it's greatly improved integrated graphics, which should match up reasonably well against low-midrange discrete laptop cards. As long as they don't go crazy with the screen resolution it should be fine for most games.
edzieba 12th December 2012, 14:03 Quote
So it's an ultrabook with a discrete mobile GPU, but the lower keyboard portion has been folded allll the way the the back and the keyboard & trackpad have vanished, and some control sticks and buttons have been added to the side?
I am perfectly fine with this. It is an excellent development, and has immediately put it above the hordes of ARM-based tablets with anaemic GPUs and no compatibility with your existing games.
Marvin-HHGTTG 12th December 2012, 14:52 Quote
This is crying out for a high-end Trinity chip and a lower price, combined with a competent IPS panel around 1600x900 resolution (running games at 1080p at 10" is detrimental to performance for essentially no gain).
sixfootsideburns 12th December 2012, 17:25 Quote
There are a lot of choices surrounding this that I don't understand... if the battery doesn't last at least 10 hours I wouldn't be interested. Personally I think the concept is awesome, but there is absolutely no way I would pay that much money. If the price was lower, the hardware was trimmed back a little bit, and the battery could be made to last at least a flight across the US then I think it could actually be pretty successful.

As is I just think people don't understand the demands of hardware like in terms of power consumption. Power means heat too and plenty of people already bitch about that with laptops. I would love this to be successful but I'm sceptical...
Skiddywinks 13th December 2012, 07:32 Quote
I don't normally do things like this, but I predict no one is going to buy this. No one.
lysaer 13th December 2012, 08:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I don't normally do things like this, but I predict no one is going to buy this. No one.

I'd buy one.


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greigaitken 13th December 2012, 10:59 Quote
so.. Fiona is gonna be fatter but have more umph!
just like real life then.
fdbh96 13th December 2012, 16:20 Quote
I really don't see this working. Sure people want good specs, but its going to be far too heavy (an ipad is just about light enough for a tablet). People will barely be able to lift it up. Maybe if it had an 8" screen it might be a bit better.
Roskoken 13th December 2012, 17:18 Quote
46" TV directly in front of you secured and resting on shoulder straps

Backpack containing a Temjin TJ11 with water cooled i7 and 690's

Powered by a discrete yet long lasting diesel generator

BOOM

Done.

Proper mobility gaming, accept nothing less, untill that is hardware companys just start being honest with themselves and admit the technology isnt there yet to provide the powerful mobile gaming we would all like and stop trying to sell us **** WE DONT NEED.
greigaitken 13th December 2012, 20:06 Quote
"the powerful gaming mobile we all want" you refer to wont be possible in 20/40/60 years, the bar keeps moving. If an i3 mobile device was release 10 years ago everyone would go nuts and buy buy buy, now you'd just get a few meh's. 5 years from now, we'll want whatever is possible in desktop crammed into mobile and so on. for now, i'll make do with smartphone + desktop.
fluxtatic 15th December 2012, 12:05 Quote
The market for this will be tiny. Maybe, maybe if they had made it more like an Asus Transformer - with a keyboard dock, it'd shift some more. But then again, that'd bump the cost again. As it is, $1500 for a toy is laughable.

Imagine the whole laptop market. Now imagine how few 'gaming laptops' are sold. Imagine maybe 1% of that piece of the market. Razer will be lucky if they get that much.
abezors 16th December 2012, 15:04 Quote
I wonder how many of these facebook fans are genuinely committed to this product... I would feel sorry for Razer going through an entire product development and release to an audience who was never actually prepared to buy this thing in the first place.

The consumer market doesn't seem to understand that powerful hardware = high battery drain. Core i7? Seriously?
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