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(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) RAZER has just launched what is deemed to be the first crowdsourced gaming tablet in the world, the Razer Edge. Coming with four different modes that have been specially tailored for gamers, the Razer Edge is touted to run all PC games and applications without batting an eyelid.
Originally known as the Project Fiona PC gaming tablet concept, it will enter retail distribution in 2013, where it is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core processor, sports NVIDIA GeForce graphics capability, a USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth connectivity, and runs on Windows 8.
There will be two models to choose from - a standard Razer Edge and the Razer Edge Pro model, where the former will run on an Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, carry 4GB RAM and a 64GB SSD.
As for the Razer Edge Pro, this bad boy has a speedier Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GT640M LE GPU, 8GB RAM, and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.
Prices start from US$999 (RM3,034). Those who pick the Razer Edge Pro will be able to receive a Gamepad Controller as part of a bundle. The four different configurations are tablet mode, Keyboard Dock mode, Gamepad Controller mode and Docking Station mode.
TV GETS CURVY
LG Electronics has wowed the world with its latest OLED TV release that comes in the form of the LG EA9800.
For those of us who have enjoyed a movie outing in an IMAX cinema, you would surely be blown away by the additional detail that the IMAX screen delivers compared to a standard issue cinema screen. I suppose this is the direction that LG intends to take with the new LG EA9800 curved OLED TV that boasts of proprietary WRGB technology.
Thanks to this super svelte display with a dramatic curved design, it is touted to deliver a vivid picture quality which is practically indiscernible from colours found in nature.
Accompanying it includes full cinema 3D support, and with the gentle inward flex, the issue of screen-edge visual distortion and detail loss are averted. There is still no word on availability and pricing as at Press time, but you can be sure that something so advanced and highly desirable is not going to come cheap.
MOTHER OF ALL TABLETS
PANASONIC has certainly wowed the crowds at CES this year with the highest resolution tablet to date - we are talking about the 20- inch Panasonic tablet that is equipped with a 4k IPS Alpha LCD panel, where it delivers over four times the resolution of Full High Definition.
Accompanying this high tech tablet is a high precision digital pen, and the Japanese giant intends to commercialise this tablet later in 2013. The entire idea of this high resolution behemoth of a tablet is meant to create new value for users with a more realistic and intuitive operating environment compared to standard paper or a display.
It offers the characteristics of printed media that existing personal or tablet computers are unable to deliver, including texture rich rendering and natural hand-writing, all packed in a lightweight and thin form factor for easy mobility.
We are talking about carrying "4k" resolution (3840 x 2560, 9.83 million pixels) around, with a pixel density of 230 pixels per inch. Tipping the scales at a surprisingly lightweight 2.4 kg, one would have thought that this would be a whole lot heavier.
Underneath the hood lies an Intel Core i5 1.8GHz processor, 4GB RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce graphics chipset, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, USB 2.0 support, a microSD memory card slot, and a built-in camera, running on Windows 8 Pro.
A COLOSSAL MATE
CES 2013 saw Huawei make gains in the phablet territory in terms of the industry's screen size average, where the Huawei Ascend Mate actually comes with a 6.1-inch display.
This is definitely the largest sized phablet to date, but you will not find the rest of the hardware specifications to be too impressive, what with a 1.5GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor and 1280 x 720 resolution, which clearly makes it lose out to other Full HD display rivals in the market like the HTC J Butterfly and upcoming Xperia handsets. Well, at least the Huawei Ascend Mate packs quite a battery at 4050 mAh capacity, which is crucial considering the large size of the display that ends up as a power hog in the long run.
Still, despite its large surface area, the Ascend Mate comes across as slim and stylish, where it was designed to fit comfortably in a single hand at just 6.5mm thin.
Other specifications include an 8-megapixel shooter at the back with a 1-megapixel camera in front, running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice. No idea on pricing, but the Huawei Ascend Mate will arrive in crystal black and pure white colours.
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