I caught this one from a recent BGR story. Lenovo is apparently launching a 27″ ‘table tablet’ running Windows 8. It’s called IdeaCentre Horizon so keep an eye out.
I can think of of a ton of different applications for huge tablet form factors. Everything from mortgage calculators at point of sale in banks to functioning as dynamic information screens at exhibitions.
I don’t think they’ll sell trillions but I think the form factor could well become a favourite for shops and businesses wanting display and touch facilities. Apparently it’s due to ship for $1,700 (£1,045) in the summertime. I reckon there are some home use cases too. Here’s what Lenovo has to say:
As a Table PC, Horizon can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories and is designed for touch screen game-play among several players. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 touch functionality to bring customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to life in a way players have never seen before. Horizon can also easily transform into a 27-inch high-performance desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
It’ll take a bit of getting used to. Have a look at this screen capture from their introductory video (embedded below):
It looks like the lady in question has just robbed the two girls of a television, right?
No. It’s mum — she’s just walked into the room and spotted that there’s a call coming in from her friend on the ‘tablet’. She takes the HUGE tablet (that, in this case, looks like a TV) through to the sitting room and sits and does the obligatory Skypeish video call.
Yup. It’s a different use case paradigm to what we’ve been accustomed to with the likes of a 7″ or 9″ tablet, but I’m pleased to see Lenovo giving it a go.
Have a watch of the video below (just under two mins) and tell me what you think…