In addition to launching its new line of Brazos chips at their Wednesday press conference, AMD also showed off what it hopes will be its ultrabook-killer: a laptop-tablet hybrid powered by AMD’s recently announced Trinity APU.
What defines the device as a laptop-tablet hybrid is the inclusion of a keyboard, and an x86 version of Windows 8. While other tablets of yore have included a keyboard, they have been confined to the Android realm. With a keyboard and an x86 version of Windows 8 – not the locked down Windows-on-ARM (Windows RT) – users should be able to enjoy the functionality of a full fledged laptop and the portability of a tablet.
The scant specifications that have been currently disclosed to date make for some pretty generic hardware: an 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 10-hours of battery life, and a 10 millimeter thickness.
The device shown off by AMD executives at their press conference, and later on the show floor of Computex was a prototype manufactured by Compal. It is unlikely that this exact device will be on the market come the fall; its purpose is likely to serve as a reference to what devices will look like when they roll out.
“We can take Trinity and put it in a 17W VGA and it can give us over 10 hours of battery life .You’ll see a number of OEMs announcing systems with Trinity over the weeks to come together with Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 and it really allows us to change the game,” said AMD’s Lisa Su, describing how these AMD powered laptop-tablet hybrids can give the ultrabook a run for its money.
“We can take to take the ultrathin, which is not limited by many different specifications, and really bring it down so that OEM can differentiate price points. We can go as low as $500.”