CES: Razer wows with Core i7 'Project Fiona' gaming tablet

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The majority of today’s tablet devices are perfectly suited to those users with computing needs that stretch no further than casual Net surfing, watching movies, or playing videogames.

Saying that, gadget lovers with a more hardened penchant for gaming aren’t really catered for in the tablet market. Indeed, prospective buyers expecting to enjoy cutting-edge titles will be sadly disappointed by the limited capabilities of current tablet platforms.

Until now.

Meet the tantalizingly titled ‘Project Fiona’, which is a growling tablet of the highest order unveiled by hardware manufacturer Razer during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Although currently only in proof-of-concept form, the 10.1-inch slab promises to deliver true PC gaming in a tablet format via a combination of its Windows 8 operating system, Intel Core i7 processing technology, and gorgeous 1280x800 capacitive display screen.

Beyond the obvious addition of handgrips, dual analogue control sticks, and conventional gameplay buttons, other features aboard the Razer tablet include a hybrid UI, an accelerometer, force feedback vibration, Dolby 7.1, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a built-in camera.

Final hardware details for the tablet are as yet unknown, but Matt Buchanan of Gizmodo notes that the prototype he witnessed was effortlessly running Warhammer 40K: Space Marine. Said game’s minimum requirements are a dual-core 2.0GHz processor, 2GBs of RAM, and a 256MB video card.

While currently bulky to the point of being ungainly—with a profile around three times thicker than the iPad—the Project Fiona gaming tablet is expected to thin significantly as Razer and its team of former OQO engineers evolve the device towards its final iteration.

Razer has not yet said when the device will be ready for retail, but it is hoping to unleash its portable PC beast before the close of 2012 attached to a price tag below $1,000 USD. Mmm, we want one.

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