Razer garnered a lot of press at CES this year with their Fiona gaming tablet, a 10.1" Windows-based tablet packing a Core i7 processor and two joystick handles featuring dual analog sticks and a typical controller-style button layout. The device carried a pretty impressive speclist and walked out of Las Vegas with awards like "Best of CES" People's Voice and Cnet's Best-in-Show. At the time, Razer claimed that Project Fiona was slated for launch in the second half of 2012, but has remained mostly quiet in the months following. 

A day after CEO Min-Liang Tan posted a picture of Project Fiona to his Facebook page asking for 10,000 likes in 7 days, the post crossed the mark. While it looks like the 2012 launch is unlikely, Min has confirmed via Twitter that production plans for the tablet are a go, with community feedback apparently set to play a significant role in the design process going forward. According to Min's Facebook page, there are are multiple design concepts that have been developed, so there is no final design specification as of yet. Hardware details have not yet been set in stone, with ARM and various Intel processors being mentioned as possibilities. Windows 8 is a given, though if ARM ends up being the hardware platform of choice, that would likely shift to Windows RT. The initial concept shown off at CES featured Windows 7, a ULV Core i7 processor, an unspecified dedicated graphics unit, and a 10.1" 1280x800 capacitive multitouch display.

Source: Twitter @minliangtan

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  • khanov - Saturday, October 06, 2012 - link

    No chance an x86 CPU. No way.

    Intel have released volume pricing on the first iteration of Haswell and it already has OEM's up in arms. Insane pricing aside, if they do go with x86 then everyone will then expect all the latest PC games to run on it. But no modern PC game is going to run at decent FPS on an intel integrated GPU. Even Haswell's GPU is too puny for that.

    So add the cost of a GeForce Mobile GPU to the already VERY expensive ivy bridge/Haswell Mobile CPU and the required platform support chipset and you have a $1000+ tablet. There is NO market for a $1000+ tablet.

    Much more likely to be just another ARM tablet, albeit with fancy (ergonomically impractical) handles. Typical Razer stuff, nice to look at, garbage electronics inside. Want portable gaming? Get a Vita. Want angry birds with joysticks? Buy Razer.
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  • Fox5 - Saturday, October 06, 2012 - link

    GPU performance is by far more important, and as a secondary device price is very important.

    Depending on what TDP they're going for, one of the higher end Bobcat chips might be decent, at least enough for some light gaming.

    And at that same TDP, the lower end Trinity chips are also viable, and who knows, maybe they could get AMD to validate some ULV chips for them.
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  • lmcd - Sunday, October 07, 2012 - link

    It would be great to see A-15 dual with an A7 and an M3 companion, and Mali T-658 quad graphics. That said, no other ARM solution will provide the necessary power to compete at the price this will hit, and Razer probably doesn't want to do their own design. Reply
  • grammarnazibot - Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - link

    "According to Min's Facebook page, there are are multiple design concepts that have been developed, so there is no final design specification as of yet." Reply
  • Hrel - Thursday, January 03, 2013 - link

    I thought Microsoft was making an ARM version of Windows 8... or did they change their minds? I read it here on anadtech. Reply
  • raok7 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    this tab will be more useful for kids they just love games, its been a long time they have to introduce with such technology....
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