Razer's Windows 8 gaming tablet is still baking
Razer’s CEO and Creative Director Min-Liang Tan, confirmed via a tweet Thursday that the company's Project Fiona gaming tablet, first discussed at CES 2012, is in the design stages and will eventually be released.
He sent out a Facebook update Wednesday asking for 10,000 likes in seven days to gauge interest and to see if the hardware was worth releasing. As of this writing, he’s gotten 10,788 likes on the update and has decided to proceed.
The Razer executive's Facebook page asked for suggestions and user feedback when it comes to the tablet’s design. “We’ve been working on it since [CES] and have narrowed down a couple of key concepts/designs. We would like to reach out to the community to see the level of interest before we actually launch it,” the post reads.
PCWorld's coverage of Project Fiona back in January was a bit skeptical that the project would become a reality and that the tablet would actually go on sale.
The prototype of the Razer tablet shown in January had an unusual design, with joysticks on handles on either side of the screen.
This element should satisfy the dual-analog control schemes that many titles rely on, but it will remain to be seen how comfortable using such a control scheme will be. Tan's post said the team is still looking for ideas and open to changing the form factor.
When we covered the prototype tablet in January, it ran on Windows 7 and was equipped with an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge CPU. Razer also had a customer user interface designed for it that ran as a shell on top of Windows 7. A January video shows the concept more fully and has received more than 400,000 views.
The tablet's final build apparently will ship with Windows 8, although the specs are still somewhat unclear. Let's hope that Project Fiona will be priced more competitively than the company’s Blade gaming laptops (the $2300 “Razer Blade” and the $2500 “New Razer Blade”).