Intel Cove Point is a Windows 8 tablet/ultrabook hybrid

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The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing has today thrown up a very interesting hybrid computing device, mixing the best parts of a Windows 8 tablet with the functionality of an Ivy Bridge ultrabook.

Called the Intel Cove Point (and previously known as the Letexo), the device bridges the gap between tablet and netbook, offering a keyboard and touchscreen smarts, with the two sliding together in a way not unlike the Asus Eee Slider.

When not using the keyboard, the touchscreen slides flush into the chassis, to be used as a chunky standard-looking slate.
intel-cove-point-windows-8-ultrabook-tablet-1.jpgAccording to Wired, “At the demo, Cove Point also ran on an early sample of Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge CPU. Just like you’d find in a full-fledged notebook, the device sports a 12.5-inch screen, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.”

As it stands, Cove Point remains a concept device, with no manufacturers stepping up to take on the Windows 8/ Ultrabook/ Ivy Bridge/ tablet hybrid challenge. But with the market for both ultrabooks and tablets, devices like this from a range of manufacturers is an eventual no-brainer.

Gerald Lynch

2 comments

  • The price point and weight are the main issues to solve for such a device compared to an average tablet which is about 1.2 pounds or less. Also the battery life for typical usage. While Win8 is going to be a successor for Win7 for sure, the alternative for people switching to tablets are going to be huge as time goes by where tablets gain more and more functionality that possibly obsoletes this category or at least reduce it to a niche.
    For a desktop doing heavy video, audio and photo work, fast processing is needed as always, plus any new features that can add more convenience and functionality (eg Kinect gestures) and even seamless voice input.

  • The price point and weight are the main issues to solve for such a device compared to an average tablet which is about 1.2 pounds or less. Also the battery life for typical usage. While Win8 is going to be a successor for Win7 for sure, the alternative for people switching to tablets are going to be huge as time goes by where tablets gain more and more functionality that possibly obsoletes this category or at least reduce it to a niche.For a desktop doing heavy video, audio and photo work, fast processing is needed as always, plus any new features that can add more convenience and functionality (eg Kinect gestures) and even seamless voice input.

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