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Razer Switchblade will now come with Intel Atom Z690 CPU

Razer’s netbook gaming concept will be first device featuring Intel’s latest Oak Trail processor

First introduced way back in January at the CES conference in Las Vegas, Razer’s Switchblade is an interesting new venture in the gaming and notebook arena. The 7” concept device is very netbook-esque but comes with a capacitive multi-touch screen, a programmable keyboard overlaying an LCD screen, and a powerful GPU supposedly capable of playing most modern games at 30FPS.

Upon its introduction, Razer announced that the prototype would run Windows 7 and would be powered by the then unannounced Intel Oak Trail Z670 chip. However, it looks like that has changed as Razer announced in a press release today that the Switchblade will now be the first device powered by the Z690 processor, which is also based on the Oak Trail 45nm architecture. Apparently, the more powerful chip is capable of running games at higher performance levels thanks to its higher clock speed and offers a 13% boost in performance.

Razer has yet to officially launch their device, claiming that it is purely a conceptual design, so switching the processor is a rather intriguing choice. However, Razer also announced that they have teamed up with Chinese software vendors such as Tencent and ChangYou in order to optimize games for the Switchblade UI, and hopefully that means we might see more of the device in the future.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-07-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)