Razer gives Project Fiona the green light

October 5, 2012 | 10:40

Tags: #core-i7 #crowdsourcing #gaming-tablet #ming-liang-tan #project-fiona #razer-blade #razer-switchblade

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Razer has promised to bring its Project Fiona gaming tablet concept to shop shelves after the prototype design got over 11,000 Facebook Likes in a single day.

Yesterday, Razer's Ming-Liang Tan told visitors to his Facebook page that 'if this post gets 10,000 likes/shares in the next seven days, we’ll work on making the concept a reality and launch the product.' Further, Tan promised to share high-level design concepts in order to 'crowd-source' some of the design decisions that will influence the final product. 'We’d like to hear how you would like to design the actual tablet right here on the Razer Facebook Page, as well as take suggestions for specs, form factor, pricing, features etc.'

First unveiled in January this year, Razer's Project Fiona is the company's latest attempt to branch out from the peripherals market into selling its own system after the Switchblade concept console and Blade gaming laptop. Based around a 10.1in tablet chassis with an Intel Core i7 processor - think 'Ultrabook without a keyboard' rather than 'Microsoft Surface' - and a removable dual-grip gaming control system, the device saw plenty of interest from attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show.

At the time, Razer admitted that its images were pre-release mock-ups, but claimed the device was in active development with a view to release the device at a price of around $1,000 or roughly £650 excluding taxes. Now, the company appears to be backtracking on its claims by stating that it will only develop the product if the interest - gauged by the number of Likes on Tan's Facebook post - is there.

With Tan having received over 11,000 likes in just 24 hours - well ahead of the seven-day deadline Tan imposed on the venture - that interest appears to be present and correct. As a result, it seems certain that Razer will now work to produce the tablet - although we'd bet money that it will launch with something a little more sedate than a Core i7 chip, or will blow past its original $1,000 target price.

If you want to remind yourself of the Project Fiona design, have a shufti at the following video:

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