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CES 2012 | Video: Project "Fiona" Razer gaming tablet

Video: Project "Fiona" gaming tablet
Video: Project "Fiona" gaming tablet
Forget Tegra 3. This 10.1-inch tablet will be able to play most modern PC games at high detail settings on its native 1280x800 resolution display

If there’s anyone crazy enough to attempt to sync the words “gaming” and “tablet” in seamless harmony, it might as well be Razer.

At the Razer CES booth this year, the company showed off its latest gaming product in what may be the most unexpected form factor. Project “Fiona” is Razer’s work-in-progress tablet for gaming, complete with dual joysticks and at least 8 dedicated buttons.

Even more impressive are the software and hardware that Razer was able to jam into the 10.1-inch1280x800 resolution display tablet. The Fiona prototype includes an unnamed Core i7 CPU and an unnamed Nvidia GPU with what appears to be Windows 7, although Windows 8 will be supported as well when the OS arrives.

Of course, the appeal of the tablet is for better game controls, and so each button can be user-configurable to cater for specific needs. Even games that don’t have native support for dedicated buttons may work with the joysticks and buttons through drivers from Razer, the representative told us. As for graphics, the tablet was able to play Space Marine with high detail settings quite smoothly, although we were able to spot games such as Assassin’s CreedRiftMinecraft and HAWX 2 on Razer’s built-in UI. Other popular games, such as Skyrim, was playable on the show floor as well.

The Fiona tablet is still in its early stages, but the device may see a release before the end of this year for possibly under $1000. We heard that battery life is expected at 3-4 hours of gaming, which we currently have our doubts on at the moment. For serious gaming on the go, this Razer tablet may be the next best thing.

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Author: Allen Ngo, 2012-01-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)