Razer garnered a lot of press at CES this year with their Fiona gaming tablet, a 10.1" Windows-based tablet packing a Core i7 processor and two joystick handles featuring dual analog sticks and a typical controller-style button layout. The device carried a pretty impressive speclist and walked out of Las Vegas with awards like "Best of CES" People's Voice and Cnet's Best-in-Show. At the time, Razer claimed that Project Fiona was slated for launch in the second half of 2012, but has remained mostly quiet in the months following. 

A day after CEO Min-Liang Tan posted a picture of Project Fiona to his Facebook page asking for 10,000 likes in 7 days, the post crossed the mark. While it looks like the 2012 launch is unlikely, Min has confirmed via Twitter that production plans for the tablet are a go, with community feedback apparently set to play a significant role in the design process going forward. According to Min's Facebook page, there are are multiple design concepts that have been developed, so there is no final design specification as of yet. Hardware details have not yet been set in stone, with ARM and various Intel processors being mentioned as possibilities. Windows 8 is a given, though if ARM ends up being the hardware platform of choice, that would likely shift to Windows RT. The initial concept shown off at CES featured Windows 7, a ULV Core i7 processor, an unspecified dedicated graphics unit, and a 10.1" 1280x800 capacitive multitouch display.

Source: Twitter @minliangtan

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  • Visual - Friday, October 05, 2012 - link

    RE: the CPU and GPU
    I'd actually prefer even better GPU and would sacrifice CPU performance for it. Maybe some AMD APU... too bad they never gave Brazos a real update, and unlike on the desktop, on the mobile even Trinity sucks and is barely better than Intel in GPU performance. Not sure if it is worth the battery life drop. Still, if they made an AMD variant I'd probably buy it to support them for their guts for trying things out.
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  • sstteevveenn - Friday, October 05, 2012 - link

    "Going forward" adds nothing to that sentence, or any other sentence that people tack it on to. :/ Reply
  • Sufo - Friday, October 05, 2012 - link

    It is annoying management speak, but it certainly has meaning. Reply
  • sstteevveenn - Friday, October 05, 2012 - link

    It has no meaning whatsoever in the majority of cases it crops up, including here. "with community feedback apparently set to play a significant role in the design process." - correct english; concise; neat and tidy.

    means exactly the same as:

    "with community feedback apparently set to play a significant role in the design process going forward" - tautology; drawn out; messy.

    To me it always reads as though the writer hasn't understood what he has just written, and as though the article hasn't been checked before publishing.

    I never used to notice, but now I see it nearly everywhere and it's maddening!
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  • VivekGowri - Saturday, October 06, 2012 - link

    Except that it's a product that's already had a significant portion of the design process completed, or at least enough that there are multiple design concepts. To this point, it's been purely internal, but going forward (or if you prefer - "in the future" or "the next steps of") the design process will be crowdsourced. I can't vouch for the other places you notice it, but it definitely has a meaning in this application - it refers directly to Razer decision to turn to the community in the remaining steps to complete Project Fiona.

    Or perhaps I just don't understand what I'm talking about.
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  • sstteevveenn - Saturday, October 06, 2012 - link

    That's already covered by the tense of the sentence. They're obviously not 'set to play a significant role' in the design work that has already been done.

    It's not necessary, but if emphasis is required then anything is better than the clichéd and annoying "going forward", such as:
    "in the remaining/remainder of the design process"
    "refining the design"
    "in the final stage of the design process"
    "further design"
    "future design process"

    "going foward" seems to imply there is an alternative; that we could somehow go back in time.

    I don't mean to be hypercritical, but it's become a pet-peeve of mine and there is always a better way to write a sentence without 'going forward'.
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  • SydneyBlue120d - Friday, October 05, 2012 - link

    They may go with Haswell Intel Core i7 SOC or Samsung Exynos 5450 SOC... Reply
  • rallyhard - Friday, October 05, 2012 - link

    I'll be keeping an eye on this Reply
  • B3an - Sunday, October 07, 2012 - link

    To be fair pretty much ANY Win 8 tablet could do this though, as long s it has a Core i5 or i7. Its also inevitable that companies will eventually bring out game pads that join on to these tablets like in the image here. All Win 8 tablets will have USB after all, or they can use bluetooth. Reply
  • rallyhard - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    Good points.

    I was certainly more interested in a potential x86 version of this thing, but the poster below me here seems to make a decent case against that happening.
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