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AMD To Launch a Windows 8.1 Gaming Tablet

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the display-model dept.

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SmartAboutThings writes "Chip maker AMD has announced that it's won 2 CES Innovation Awards for a gaming tablet the company plans to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The device is called "Project Discovery" and will come with AMD's Mullins chip that is a 64-bit, x86-based chip, perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1. The low-power Mullins APU (accelerated processing unit) is AMD's answer to Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm, aimed at fanless tablets, ultrathin notebooks, and 2-in-1 devices. The 28nm processor is expected to consume as little as 2 watts of energy while in use. The obtained images show that the upcoming AMD tablet is quite similar to Razer Edge."

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Gaming tablet? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466157)

Now I think I've heard it all.

Re:Gaming tablet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466439)

It slices, it dices. But wait, there's more!

Re:Gaming tablet? (2)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about 10 months ago | (#45466451)

You mean...

IT BLENDS?

Re:Gaming tablet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467275)

That's for another episodes.

I know what you mean. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466547)

Until we have Ender's Game like thought control of the tablet, I don't really foresee it being a serious gaming device. I know there are plenty of fancy-looking games for tablets these days, but you just don't have the same control versus a console. You could never dream of matching a console using conventional means.

Re:Gaming tablet? (1)

advance-software (1770510) | about 10 months ago | (#45466875)

Its not such a daft idea. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFoCGm2xkJ8 [youtube.com] Sure a desktop workstation that you can upgrade every so often is the ideal configuration, but that doesn't fit on the plane too easily. Hope AMD can come up with something as sexy as the wikipad but with a little more under the hood.

With integrated graphics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466183)

The same as Xbox One and PS4, so none of them can actually run any games!

Re:With integrated graphics! (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 10 months ago | (#45466473)

The same as Xbox One and PS4, so none of them can actually run any games!

No word yet on if it spies on your unit like the xBox One does ...

Re:With integrated graphics! (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 10 months ago | (#45466511)

No word yet on if it spies on your unit like the xBox One does ...

Wait, it spies on my 'unit' now? ;-)

Re:With integrated graphics! (3, Funny)

khellendros1984 (792761) | about 10 months ago | (#45466545)

Indeed [fastcodesign.com] .

Re:With integrated graphics! (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 10 months ago | (#45466599)

That's OK I keep tinfoil on my unit to prevent that.

Re:With integrated graphics! (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 10 months ago | (#45468207)

That's gotta be uncomfortable for your boyfriend.

Re:With integrated graphics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45470047)

Silly faggot! Dicks are for chicks.

Re:With integrated graphics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467629)

People have wanted computers to respond to them for decades. Now we are nearing the ability for them to actually do it and people are getting scared since the computer has to 'listen' to them to respond!

Re:With integrated graphics! (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 10 months ago | (#45468415)

I'm pretty much okay with MY COMPUTER listening to me/watching me all the time to be able to respond. I'm NOT okay with that feed being accessible to others. And that's a problem, because short of the observation/analysis hardware being practically airgapped from the portion of the system communicating with the internet you can't really prevent it. If the obvious 1984 parallels don't worry you, then consider just how long it will be before some pervert infects the Xbox network with a virus that lets her watch anyone's living room at will.

If I have to be gaming for the sensor to be powered then that limits the appeal - I imagine few are particularly interested in watching people game. But if the sensor needs to be watching all the time in order to respond to the "turn on" gesture or command, well... that changes things in a very real way.

Re:With integrated graphics! (1)

exomondo (1725132) | about 10 months ago | (#45470505)

If you're really that paranoid then turn it off at the power switch. But honestly that probably means you're too paranoid to use any internet-connected device with a camera in it either.

Re:With integrated graphics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45469909)

No word yet on if it spies on your unit like the xBox One does ...

Yeah just like your playstation, your smartphone, your tablet, your laptop, basically everything connected to the internet with a camera and/or microphone. Can the FUD or put your tinfoil hat back on and crawl back into your basement.

fuck all y'all niggas (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466185)

except my niggas

Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Morpeth (577066) | about 10 months ago | (#45466217)

... shouldn't be long now.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 10 months ago | (#45466411)

To be followed by random Apple bashing, several forms of "can it run Linux", and a whole lot of people saying the entire concept of a tablet is stupid because they can't figure out why they'd have one.

Throw in some sideways swipes at Obamacare, a couple of digs at the Tea Party, and several references to the NSA (with appropriate defense and bashing of Snowden). One or two dalliances into the merits of capitalism, and a couple of vigorous defenses of Haskell, and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar.

And then you'll have pretty much summed up Slashdot these days.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

Holi (250190) | about 10 months ago | (#45466539)

... and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar

Honestly these days I would say the majority here have no idea what either of them are.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466609)

... and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar

Honestly these days I would say the majority here have no idea what either of them are.

That's right! Because the majority of us have moved onto 21st Century editors and development tools.

Then again, I didn't mean to insult you or anyone else using those editors. After all, you maybe some sweet Amish guy.

..

:-P

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (-1, Flamebait)

The Cat (19816) | about 10 months ago | (#45466675)

The reason none of them know what they are is because they're too busy writing shitty troll replies.

It's understandable. 21st-century developers have a lot of free time waiting for Visual Studio to stop chugging RAM and thrashing disk and let them type something.

Oh, and "may be" is two words, dumbfuck.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467213)

Oh, and "may be" is two words, dumbfuck.

Isn't "dumb fuck" also two words?

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 10 months ago | (#45468435)

No, that's an unrelated term generally reserved for randy airheads.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (2)

rewindustry (3401253) | about 10 months ago | (#45466905)

you mean you use a mouse, don't you?

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467683)

Indeed. Both vi and emacs are horribly outdated. That's why I use vim

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 months ago | (#45467145)

you would think that, but for some reason that pile of crap emacs keeps trudging on~

Re: Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (2)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 10 months ago | (#45467381)

New definition of Hell; Running emacs on a tablet

Re: Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467721)

Inside cygwin. muahaha

Re: Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45469069)

That made me laugh, even as a frequent emacs user.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 10 months ago | (#45466569)

Then there are mentions of BitCoin, pro, and against. Before that, it was goatse, then before that, Natalie Portman statues, hot grits, and cold containers of diluted diesel exhaust fluid.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

snowraver1 (1052510) | about 10 months ago | (#45467985)

FYI - While DEF does contain urea, it it the artificial kind, not the frosty piss kind. Also, cold temperatures ruin DEF.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (3, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 10 months ago | (#45466829)

"To be followed by random Apple bashing, several forms of 'can it run Linux', and a whole lot of people saying the entire concept of a tablet is stupid because they can't figure out why they'd have one."

Seriously: "Can it run Linux" was the first question that popped into my head. I might be interested in the tablet, if the hardware is decent. But I have exactly zero interest in Windows 8.x.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45468369)

And this is an "insightful" comment? Oh my! Confirms my suspicion that Slashdot is a gathering of social misfits typing from their parents basements nurturing each other by modding up each other's inane comments.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45470011)

>Seriously: "Can it run Linux" was the first question that popped into my head.
"How much did Microsoft pay AMD to do this product?" was the first question that came to me.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

exomondo (1725132) | about 10 months ago | (#45470535)

Given that the Surface Pro can run Linux and nobody seems to have done much with it the question seems pretty irrelevant...what is it you actually want to run Linux on it for? Wouldn't you just be better off getting an Android tablet?

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45468547)

...but would someone please think of the children!!!!

there you go, now we covered tv news as well...

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 10 months ago | (#45468837)

To be followed by random Apple bashing, several forms of "can it run Linux", and a whole lot of people saying the entire concept of a tablet is stupid because they can't figure out why they'd have one.

Throw in some sideways swipes at Obamacare, a couple of digs at the Tea Party, and several references to the NSA (with appropriate defense and bashing of Snowden). One or two dalliances into the merits of capitalism, and a couple of vigorous defenses of Haskell, and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar.

And then you'll have pretty much summed up Slashdot these days.

Go Broncos!

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45470065)

Imagine a beowulf of these!

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | about 10 months ago | (#45466471)

I'd not slam it, though why they keep throwing out that worthless OS, don't get me wrong I love my Windows 7.

This has to be aimed more at casual gamers, or those that play Plants vs Zombie style games as opposed to say the latest flavor of the week FPS/RPG.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

lgw (121541) | about 10 months ago | (#45467157)

Well, the tablet form factor isn't for FPSs, but that's a pretty tired genre.

I've been waiting for a good fun RPG designed around the simpler UI of a tablet - one that's more about exploring and puzzle solving than focused only on the combat. Don't Starve, if you pretend it's an RPG (it kinda sorta is) is great for a tablet. I'd love to see more traditional RPG content with an interface like Don't Starve.

And for true obsessed gaming, 4X games can work fine with a tablet (MOO2 is nearly perfect as is). It's hardly casual gaming when you say:
"One more turn"
"Wasn't it light out a minute ago? Oh well."
"Just one more turn"
"Wait, is that the sun? Shit, I'm late for work."

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

cbhacking (979169) | about 10 months ago | (#45468421)

Civ 5 actually has an explicitly touch-oriented UI option which is enabled for Windows 8 (optionally; I still use the default controls). Many turn-based strategy games could be played very readily on a touch device, though, even without tweaks to the UI/controls.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

lgw (121541) | about 10 months ago | (#45468469)

Depends a lot on how finicky the positioning is, and how important sliders are. MOO1 wouldn't work at all on touch (the whole game seemed like finicky sliders), for example. But yeah, I'm sure there are many that would work just fine as is.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

geekoid (135745) | about 10 months ago | (#45467159)

Win 8.1 is superior to win 7 in every way.

No, it doesn't. I know people who play steam game on there surface pro. Hell, proper motion utilization and TF2 would be a blast to play.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45468293)

Win 8.1 is superior to win 7 in every way.

Citation needed.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

0racle (667029) | about 10 months ago | (#45467329)

Windows 8 belongs on a tablet, it's quite easy to see how it would work well on one. On the desktop however, that is were it starts falling flat. Technically, Windows 8 under the user experience is an improvement, the tablet interface on a keyboard/mouse desktop on the other hand is not.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 10 months ago | (#45466485)

Ballmer is gone.

Why would we slam MSFT today of all days?

"Ding dong the witch is dead, which old witch, the Ballmer witch ..."

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466821)

Ballmer is gone.

Why would we slam MSFT today of all days?

"Ding dong the witch is dead, which old witch, the Ballmer witch ..."

What's special about today?

Funny, though. "queue" means to form a line. Expecting a crowd, non?

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466503)

It runs 8.1 and not RT, so it should be fine in that department.

8.1 suprised me not because its a fix to 8, but because of how it runs on the new spate of ultra-low power x86 cpus (New as in not even a month old.)
I picked up the Asus Transformer book T100 - Quad core baytrail atom. 350 dollars and it runs windows as well as any ultrabook I've ever touched. It's a cheap tablet that comes with a detatchable keyboard.. But it can run any windows app, comes with office (Home and student - not for for-profit use), and is surprisingly fast.

It really is a tablet. No fan. Not a heat factory. IPS display. Great battery life like you'd expect from a tablet.. Yet it is surprising fast. Here's a video people trying some modern PC games on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TvIEVoykEo

Its a new breed of devices, and windows runs pretty damn well on them. The hardware is interesting too. Both the wifi and storage are SDIO. The bluetooth and audio codec are i2c. Best I can tell, it's a full-fat windows system that runs well on a logic board you'd expect to find in a tablet.

The baytrail is not the old atom. It runs about 4x faster in the same power envelope (Or as fast in a power envelope 1/4 the size!) If AMD's new CPUs are as good you should look forward to more cheap windows (Not RT!) tablets that are great alternatives to android and iOS. (With their own sets of strengths and weaknesses of course)

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

mlts (1038732) | about 10 months ago | (#45466589)

Interesting, if done right, it could be a decent desktop replacement (I assume one isn't locked into UEFI secure boot on x86.) Even more so if it had Thunderbolt and USB 3.5 capabilities. Use it as a desktop with a BT keyboard, then take it on the road.

This is how MS should have sold the Surface Pro.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467055)

The T100 is a new device. In fact, all baytrail devices are only a couple of weeks old. There's some preliminary efforts getting linux going on the T100

http://liliputing.com/2013/10/booting-ubuntu-asus-transformer-book-t100.html

Though ALL baytrail devices are pure UEFI, it looks like secure boot isnt an issue on the T100. Linux boots from a flash drive but the internal storage is not yet accessible and neither is the wifi. My guess is that there isn't yet support for the new intel SDIO controller, or it's not included in the distros tried so far. I don't know what the status of SDIO support is in the linux mainline kernel, but I'm guessing its available in some fashion because android runs on x86.

As I posted above both the main storage and wifi on the T100 are attatched to SDIO.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

exomondo (1725132) | about 10 months ago | (#45469989)

Interesting, if done right, it could be a decent desktop replacement (I assume one isn't locked into UEFI secure boot on x86.)

Windows certification requires SecureBoot be optional and to provide the ability to turn it off, even Microsoft's own Surface Pro allows this.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 10 months ago | (#45466603)

It really is a tablet.

If it's running Windows, I want it to be a Tablet PC and therefore come with a pressure-sensitive pen.

Re:Aaaaand... queue the Microsoft slamming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467535)

Microsoft has been trying to sell these since.. Forever. I remember seeing convertible pen tablets running 98. High quaily pen input is a niche market and they never sell well.

The Surface Pro and Surface Pro2 are what you want. They have excellent digitizers and artists seem to love them. (They're as good as fancy LCD backed drawing tablets.. Only cheaper. And they're a whole computer instead of just a drawing tablet. The surface and surface pro, however, probably won't sell well in general because they suffer the same problems that previous pen input devices did.

Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466251)

I hope all you morons like what you voted for.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/11/19/cms-official-60-to-70-percent-of-obamacares-web-system-still-hasnt-been-built-n1749461

"REP. CORY GARDNER: Well how much do we have to build today, still? What do we need to build? 50 percent? 40 percent? 30 percent?

HENRY CHAO: I think it's, uh, just an approximation, we're probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent because we still have to build...

GARDNER: Wait, 60 or 70 percent that needs to be built, still?

CHAO: Because we still have to build the payment systems to make payments to insurers in January.

GARDNER: Let me get this correct. Sixty to 70 percent of Healthcare.gov still needs to be built?

CHAO: It's not really about Healthcare.gov -- it's the federally-facilitated marketplace.

GARDNER: The entire system that the American people are being required to rely upon...

CHAO: Healthcare.gov -- the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating the enrollment transaction -- that's 100 percent there.

GARDNER: But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent away from being complete. "

---------

60-70% of the building still has to be done, including the payment system, which is crucial, because, see, without a payment system, you can't actually purchase insurance.

They've got 11 days to build 60-70% of the site, after not being able to do so after 3 1/2 years. And then, after they've built the remaining 60-70%, they expect, best case scenario, to have it working for 80% of users.

Even assuming they manage this, which, based on their history of stumblefuck bumbling and hapless pratfall incompetence, they won't -- What An Adventure it will be to enter your credit card information into Obama's website!

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466311)

Never hire a useless chink or hindu to do a white nerd's job.

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466315)

Any word on what part of Obamacare does actually function*? I keep hearing about this 80% silliness, however, based on this testimony:
1. No one can actually purchase anything,
2. Few people can even get a username and password, most of those that do experience additional errors and/ or resets, and there is no anticipated point where this will be functioning fully,
3. There's no security
4. The subsidy system doesn't work and there's not expected timeline for improvement
5. There is not now and never has been any specific functionality benchmarks for this system.

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466397)

I heard that if you give them your account information, it is provided to the NSA and fed through the terrorist watch list. Also, the IRS must obtain the information as well and there is a large boost in audits in people that are given the subsidies. I'm pretty sure your better off paying the fine.

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466505)

"I'm pretty sure your better off paying the fine."

Nothing is that simple.

Paying the fine (TAX!) is one thing if you are young and relatively healthy - for the short term anyway. What if you have health issues, family etc? You cannot go without insurance.

Also the fine is not a trivial sum; yes it's 95$ or 1% now, but that increases in the coming years and no doubt will be raised significantly down the road.

And do not think you can go with the fine and sign up for Obamacare in the event you need significant health coverage. You will only be able to purchase a plan during open enrollment - onece a year.

You know I really like my current plan and doctor. Aren't any of you Obama apologists even just a little pissed off about the blatant bald faced lie - over and over and over that you could keep your plan/doctor? Do you really think these things through at all, and are "OK" with entrusting your and your families healthcare decisions to the group of pepople who gave you the "you like your plan you can keep your plan" bullshit?

Real question.

Because I am fucking NOT OK with it.

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466543)

Well, I have insurance... it just doesn't count towards Obamacre. So I can either pay 50% more for some bullshit plan with shit I don't need or I can cough up the 95 bucks and move on.

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466661)

No, unless by 'insurance' you mean self insured - money in the bank. Under Obamacare no plan is allowed to be sold that is not compliant. In the end you will either have Obamacare insurance or pay the fine.

And as I stated, 95$ is today, that will grow. I expect before too long it will be seizure of assets.

I have health insurance now. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466585)

Well, starting January 1st. After a decade of not having it, despite several forays into researching individual plans in the past. So that's a change.

As for the website's problems? As if /. has never had issues...

They'll go away and to a reasonable mind they're not at all a basis for judging the law itself.

Re:I have health insurance now. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466709)

Perhaps, if so I am happy for you, but a) I just don't believe you without details, sorry nothing personal and b) I would bet dollars to donuts you will find high deductables and co pays that make healthcare that you do recieve prohibitive.

Hey, if I am wrong then good for you, but if so you are the exception not the rule.

Oh and lots and lots of doctors aren't taking Obamacare, same for hospoitals. So much so that there is already talk of legislation forcing doctors to take it.

But you are right about the website, it's not relevant to the detals of the law. *However* it *is* relevant as to the competence of the people behind the program. So my point stands.

Re:I have health insurance now. (0)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 10 months ago | (#45467045)

They won't need legislation. The free market will eventually pressure them into it. All health insurance plans now have to be ACA compliant, including the ones provided by employees, so a doctor deliberately refusing to take an ACA individual insurance HMO is cutting himself out of all the other customers who have that HMO/plan through their employees. What doctor in their right mind will refuse to be in-network to a Blue Cross?

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466409)

One of the worst aspects of Obama's imperial rule has been the uncertainty. It just compounds his already horrific policies. Here they need people to enroll, but provide no means for them to do so. Then they give people every reason not to rush in. The system is not secure. The prices are not correct. The subsidies are calculated in some mysterious way and require you to have ESP as to what your salary will be going forward. There is no way for people to know what is in their best interests to do.

And to top it all off they keep tinkering with the program such that if you just keep waiting you might be let off the hook. At least they hint at it with bills to allow you to keep the insurance you have/had. If I had been forced off my insurance I would be worried that if I signed up now I would be trapped in a plan that will experience a death spiral, whereas if I just wait I might have better options.

All of this uncertainty is paralyzing and Obama has made every single part of our economy grind to a halt as businesses try to save their resources for the next surprise he pulls out of his ass. Having a mercurial and unpredictable dictator as your leader has never been a recipe for economic success. Obama might as well be the leader of the Baath Party. Come to think of it, that might explain his foreign policy as well.

Re:Obamacare Death Panels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466497)

Go single payer or go home, this half-assed bullshit does nothing but fuck everyone up. Obama is such a fucking loser.

You know what works well on a Windows 8.1 tablet? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466255)

Getting free bitcoins [freebitco.in] !

Fan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466307)

Is that a fan air intake in the lower back corner?

Re:Fan? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | about 10 months ago | (#45466571)

It looks to have minimal holes in it, but based on the dodge of the case/handle/whatever it slides into, I'm voting yes.

Finally, a game Windoze 8 is good at... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466357)

Ping Pong

"perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1." (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466405)

"perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1."

Not even subtle slashvertisement

Re:"perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466605)

Nah it's true. It's an AMD processor. Win8 is a perfect fit for it, much like having a nice frosty glass of piss to wash down your shit sandwich.

KDE (1)

netean (549800) | about 10 months ago | (#45466423)

So does that mean I can take off the loathsome Windows 8.1 and put on Linux and KDE?

Re:KDE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466553)

Yeah, but that'd be like scooping turds out of an outhouse hole just to poop in it again, when the wise thing to do would be to just poop in the compost heap, ya dig?

Re:KDE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466753)

Sure, if you want your tablet to perform slower.

But does it run Linux? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466517)

Being an AMD processor running the amd64 architecture (not arm), it will have secure boot disabled, so we can install any operating system. I'll buy a few of these if they work out of the box with Debian. Maybe I'll get to find out if that Windows refund rule still works.

I'd love one! (2)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about 10 months ago | (#45466521)

Not a gaming tablet, but one of the Mullins CPUs, to build a new low-power fanless home server.

This sounds like it could be an excellent Atom competitor.

2 watts of energy (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466639)

For a tech site, the lack of fundamental knowledge is inexcusable.

Re:2 watts of energy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466663)

How many parsecs are in a watt?

Re:2 watts of energy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466805)

Good question, how many cars in a parsec?

Re:2 watts of energy (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 10 months ago | (#45466773)

Exactly. It's power, guys. :) Energy is measured in joules (W/s).

Re:2 watts of energy (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 10 months ago | (#45467083)

Energy is measured in joules (W/s).

Wrong.

Re:2 watts of energy (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 10 months ago | (#45467285)

Well, in that case it would be nice bonus to be pointed out in which way I was wrong. :D

Re:2 watts of energy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467443)

P=dE/dt

Power is a differential. In case of electricity it is the rate at which energy is "consumed" by a device or more correctly transformed into heat. It is measure in W*s.

Re:2 watts of energy (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 10 months ago | (#45467775)

GIYF, but the slash means per or divide. Why would you divide a watt - a joule per second - by seconds again and expect to get joules? You'd get joules per second squared.

A man-hour and a man per hour aren't the same. I can't even imagine what the latter would be used to measure...

Re:2 watts of energy (1)

cbhacking (979169) | about 10 months ago | (#45468463)

Men per hour is the standard rating system for your mom, I believe...

</joke>

Re:2 watts of energy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467781)

A watt is a joule per second. So a joule is a watt times a second, not a Watt divided by a second.

Hmm I'm interested... (1)

nhat11 (1608159) | about 10 months ago | (#45466759)

I'm a gamer but sometimes I'm tired and don't feel like sitting at a desk. I got the Asus T100 that has the new baytrail atom and while great, it can only run pre 2009 games or low end games. I can run Stanley Parable well (source engine game) but I also have Final Fantasy 14 and that only runs 10fps on the lowest setting.

Well basically what I'm saying there is a market out there, though a small one.

Start watching AMD closely... (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about 10 months ago | (#45466855)

They're swirling! I think they have about two years before the inevitable "Drain of Doom".

Re:Start watching AMD closely... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467173)

Joy. Then Intel can charge $1,000 for a chip that would be released for $300 with a little competition. We should be so lucky!

Not for me, thanks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45466977)

I've been waiting to find a convertible/hybrid ultrabook/ultra portable laptop that has battery life that approaches what you can get from a macbook air, and that has a wacom active digitizer.

I'd like it not to be a pile of plastic crap either.

Does such a device exist?

Re:Not for me, thanks. (1)

eric_brissette (778634) | about 10 months ago | (#45467023)

Sony Vaio Flip is close, but it's got terrible battery life, about half of what you could expect from a macbook air. Instead of a Wacom digizier, it's got an N-Trig, which might be close enough depending on what you want to do with it.

Re:Not for me, thanks. (1)

cbhacking (979169) | about 10 months ago | (#45468549)

Surface Pro 2 hits all your criteria, including the last, except for the battery life. Add in the Power Cover (not yet out, but coming "soon" according to the rumor mill) instead of the normal keyboard covers (it's a type cover - the kind with the real keyboard - plus auxiliary battery) and maybe that meets your needs?

Check out my rig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45467339)

its got an amazing video ca--- oh. Right. the processor is ARM. and the video card wont fit.

well fuck.

Its a good start (3, Insightful)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 10 months ago | (#45468089)

If AMD wants to get into the tablet game then have at it. From the supposed design pictures it looks like the tablet slides into a controller which in turn can plug into a dock with what looks like USB, Ethernet, displayport and HDMI. Those images might be fake but hell, if they are close to the final design then its a damn good start. It kinda reminds me of the Wii U controller. Now if they could get a technology like airplay integrated then the dock can be omitted and the thing hooked to a TV wirelessly. Then plop it into a dock with keyboard, mouse and monitor for some more productive use. Or slide it out of the controller and dock for a traditional tablet. I don't know how powerful the CPU/GPU is but it may suffice for most of the tasks people would use it for (games, internet, typing). Might have trouble running Crysis though :)

Now if it only ran Linux...

Re:Its a good start (1)

samwichse (1056268) | about 10 months ago | (#45469415)

The dock also seems to have 7 [visible] USB ports, a pair of mini displayports, an ethernet jack, and two unidentified holes (1 on the side, 1 on the back). I assume at least some of those USB ports are USB3, seems like having the dock is definitely worth it.

Aimed at fanless tablets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45468655)

I guess they hit their mark pretty well then, if not in the sense they intended.

I'm interested. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45469717)

I really like the form factor of tablets; and I like the idea of being able to run the same OS as my PC. If Secure Boot isn't forced, I'd put Linux on it and replace my laptop.

Blackberry tablet next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45469927)

Equally relevant is the rumour of their upcoming Blackberry tablet.
If that succeeds perhaps they will also release a PalmOS tablet as well?

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