Lenovo demos mini laptop with slip-out screen
Leave the keyboard at home
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One word: LAG.
When he demonstrates the UI it is laughably laggy and slow.
Watch the machine desperately trying to catch up with his actions; first, when he goes to the photos and even more when he changes the screen orientation. He even slows his talking right down to let the screen catch up.
When he talked about it being an "optimised interface" I actually laughed out loud.
(I also note that a couple of months ago, these things were called tablet PCs. Then, as soon as it's leaked that Apple has registered iSlate.com, every one switches from calling them tablets to slates)
Oh look, there's Steve Ballmer, wonder what he's got? (CLUE: another device jumping on the slate bandwagon)
A slate by any other name...
Honestly guys who cares what they're called, and who invented those names first?
Does it really matter?
As much as I'm impressed with the tech side of the lenovo Tabslate (hoping I've coined this 1st) I can't see any real use for it. Maybe my imagination is a bit limited yeah I know...
Still, pretty cool. Well done Lenovo, might want to sort out the lag before launch though
Tablet is the original term for the form factor used by the iSlate, amongst others. Laptops with rotating displays came about, and were called tablets also, mostly because it was too hard to fit all the necessary bits into the keyboardless form and because the IT industry, when presented with two markets, always tries to pick both.
At one point around that time, Microsoft had a RDP like protocol which would let a user detach the touch or digitizer enabled display from the rest of the system, so you could wander around with the tablet and then come back to the base for sync and recharge.
Cutting costs on the display?
Why didn't they afford an anti reflection coating for the screen?
This has been available for quite a while now:
Not exactly the same thing (the keyboard being only a battery pack in the TouchBook) but sufficiently similar (and prior) to know where Lenovo snatched the idea from... and messed it up (poor battery life, laggy tablet).