I call the Samsung XE700 an Ultraslate. It’s effectively an Ultrabook in a tablet form factor and it comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and a docking station. It’s one of the most flexible, usable tablets I’ve seen in a long time and it’s also a design milestone. This is the first time I’ve seen desktop-class computing in under 1KG of tablet with a decent (for tablet PCs) battery life. It’s a 2011 design too which means with Ivy Bridge, those designs can move forward with smaller, lighter form facts and/or longer battery life. Once you’ve got all the electronics in the screen you can do some very cool designs including ones with detachable keyboards. Intel CFO Stacy Smith reveals in a video by The Street (below) that he’s seen such a design. We’re wondering if it’s this Compal design that we saw at CES.
Stacy Smith says “I just saw a design where the screen is attached magnetically to the keyboard. It comes off and actually all the computing is in the screen and so you have this great tablet experience but then you couple it back and then you have this great notebook experience.” Sounds like it could be one and the same device!
Stacy also mentions that a quarter of the 100 new design wins in the pipeline are ‘innovative devices.’ Hybrids, convertibles, swivel screen, touch capabilities he mentions.
One of those is definitely going to be the Lenovo Yoga which a lot of people are raving about. I’m not convinced about that design yet (1.5KG tablet anyone?) but I love where this is going and as we look forward to Haswell which will bring a huge advance in active standby power and thermal efficiency, we could get to a point where the really interesting hybrid designs aren’t running ARM or Atom at all.