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AMD To Launch a Windows 8.1 Gaming Tablet 119 119

SmartAboutThings writes "Chip maker AMD has announced that it's won 2 CES Innovation Awards for a gaming tablet the company plans to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The device is called "Project Discovery" and will come with AMD's Mullins chip that is a 64-bit, x86-based chip, perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1. The low-power Mullins APU (accelerated processing unit) is AMD's answer to Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm, aimed at fanless tablets, ultrathin notebooks, and 2-in-1 devices. The 28nm processor is expected to consume as little as 2 watts of energy while in use. The obtained images show that the upcoming AMD tablet is quite similar to Razer Edge."
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AMD To Launch a Windows 8.1 Gaming Tablet

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Now I think I've heard it all.
  • ... shouldn't be long now.

    • by gstoddart (321705) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @03:41PM (#45466411) Homepage

      To be followed by random Apple bashing, several forms of "can it run Linux", and a whole lot of people saying the entire concept of a tablet is stupid because they can't figure out why they'd have one.

      Throw in some sideways swipes at Obamacare, a couple of digs at the Tea Party, and several references to the NSA (with appropriate defense and bashing of Snowden). One or two dalliances into the merits of capitalism, and a couple of vigorous defenses of Haskell, and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar.

      And then you'll have pretty much summed up Slashdot these days.

      • by Holi (250190)

        ... and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar

        Honestly these days I would say the majority here have no idea what either of them are.

      • by mlts (1038732) *

        Then there are mentions of BitCoin, pro, and against. Before that, it was goatse, then before that, Natalie Portman statues, hot grits, and cold containers of diluted diesel exhaust fluid.

        • FYI - While DEF does contain urea, it it the artificial kind, not the frosty piss kind. Also, cold temperatures ruin DEF.
      • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @04:22PM (#45466829)

        "To be followed by random Apple bashing, several forms of 'can it run Linux', and a whole lot of people saying the entire concept of a tablet is stupid because they can't figure out why they'd have one."

        Seriously: "Can it run Linux" was the first question that popped into my head. I might be interested in the tablet, if the hardware is decent. But I have exactly zero interest in Windows 8.x.

        • by exomondo (1725132)
          Given that the Surface Pro can run Linux and nobody seems to have done much with it the question seems pretty irrelevant...what is it you actually want to run Linux on it for? Wouldn't you just be better off getting an Android tablet?
      • by PopeRatzo (965947)

        To be followed by random Apple bashing, several forms of "can it run Linux", and a whole lot of people saying the entire concept of a tablet is stupid because they can't figure out why they'd have one.

        Throw in some sideways swipes at Obamacare, a couple of digs at the Tea Party, and several references to the NSA (with appropriate defense and bashing of Snowden). One or two dalliances into the merits of capitalism, and a couple of vigorous defenses of Haskell, and a full on vi vs emacs flamewar.

        And then you'

    • by g0bshiTe (596213)
      I'd not slam it, though why they keep throwing out that worthless OS, don't get me wrong I love my Windows 7.

      This has to be aimed more at casual gamers, or those that play Plants vs Zombie style games as opposed to say the latest flavor of the week FPS/RPG.
      • by lgw (121541)

        Well, the tablet form factor isn't for FPSs, but that's a pretty tired genre.

        I've been waiting for a good fun RPG designed around the simpler UI of a tablet - one that's more about exploring and puzzle solving than focused only on the combat. Don't Starve, if you pretend it's an RPG (it kinda sorta is) is great for a tablet. I'd love to see more traditional RPG content with an interface like Don't Starve.

        And for true obsessed gaming, 4X games can work fine with a tablet (MOO2 is nearly perfect as is). It

        • by cbhacking (979169)

          Civ 5 actually has an explicitly touch-oriented UI option which is enabled for Windows 8 (optionally; I still use the default controls). Many turn-based strategy games could be played very readily on a touch device, though, even without tweaks to the UI/controls.

          • by lgw (121541)

            Depends a lot on how finicky the positioning is, and how important sliders are. MOO1 wouldn't work at all on touch (the whole game seemed like finicky sliders), for example. But yeah, I'm sure there are many that would work just fine as is.

      • by geekoid (135745)

        Win 8.1 is superior to win 7 in every way.

        No, it doesn't. I know people who play steam game on there surface pro. Hell, proper motion utilization and TF2 would be a blast to play.

      • by 0racle (667029)
        Windows 8 belongs on a tablet, it's quite easy to see how it would work well on one. On the desktop however, that is were it starts falling flat. Technically, Windows 8 under the user experience is an improvement, the tablet interface on a keyboard/mouse desktop on the other hand is not.
    • Ballmer is gone.

      Why would we slam MSFT today of all days?

      "Ding dong the witch is dead, which old witch, the Ballmer witch ..."

  • by Anonymous Coward

    "perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1."

    Not even subtle slashvertisement

  • by netean (549800)
    So does that mean I can take off the loathsome Windows 8.1 and put on Linux and KDE?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Being an AMD processor running the amd64 architecture (not arm), it will have secure boot disabled, so we can install any operating system. I'll buy a few of these if they work out of the box with Debian. Maybe I'll get to find out if that Windows refund rule still works.

  • by PhrostyMcByte (589271) <phrosty@gmail.com> on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @03:51PM (#45466521) Homepage

    Not a gaming tablet, but one of the Mullins CPUs, to build a new low-power fanless home server.

    This sounds like it could be an excellent Atom competitor.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    For a tech site, the lack of fundamental knowledge is inexcusable.
    • Exactly. It's power, guys. :) Energy is measured in joules (W/s).
      • Energy is measured in joules (W/s).

        Wrong.

        • Well, in that case it would be nice bonus to be pointed out in which way I was wrong. :D
          • GIYF, but the slash means per or divide. Why would you divide a watt - a joule per second - by seconds again and expect to get joules? You'd get joules per second squared.

            A man-hour and a man per hour aren't the same. I can't even imagine what the latter would be used to measure...

  • I'm a gamer but sometimes I'm tired and don't feel like sitting at a desk. I got the Asus T100 that has the new baytrail atom and while great, it can only run pre 2009 games or low end games. I can run Stanley Parable well (source engine game) but I also have Final Fantasy 14 and that only runs 10fps on the lowest setting.

    Well basically what I'm saying there is a market out there, though a small one.

  • They're swirling! I think they have about two years before the inevitable "Drain of Doom".

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Joy. Then Intel can charge $1,000 for a chip that would be released for $300 with a little competition. We should be so lucky!

  • Its a good start (Score:4, Insightful)

    by LoRdTAW (99712) on Tuesday November 19, 2013 @06:50PM (#45468089)

    If AMD wants to get into the tablet game then have at it. From the supposed design pictures it looks like the tablet slides into a controller which in turn can plug into a dock with what looks like USB, Ethernet, displayport and HDMI. Those images might be fake but hell, if they are close to the final design then its a damn good start. It kinda reminds me of the Wii U controller. Now if they could get a technology like airplay integrated then the dock can be omitted and the thing hooked to a TV wirelessly. Then plop it into a dock with keyboard, mouse and monitor for some more productive use. Or slide it out of the controller and dock for a traditional tablet. I don't know how powerful the CPU/GPU is but it may suffice for most of the tasks people would use it for (games, internet, typing). Might have trouble running Crysis though :)

    Now if it only ran Linux...

    • The dock also seems to have 7 [visible] USB ports, a pair of mini displayports, an ethernet jack, and two unidentified holes (1 on the side, 1 on the back). I assume at least some of those USB ports are USB3, seems like having the dock is definitely worth it.

  • I don't get why companies insist on trying to make gaming tablets, sure they might be fine for angrybirds, but I think you'd be hardpressed to find any hardcore gamer looking to buy a tablet to game on. Maybe there is a target audience out there that isn't imaginary, but I just know I don't see it.

    • I don't get why companies insist on trying to make gaming tablets, sure they might be fine for angrybirds, but I think you'd be hardpressed to find any hardcore gamer looking to buy a tablet to game on. Maybe there is a target audience out there that isn't imaginary, but I just know I don't see it.

      Maybe hardcore gamers aren't where the money is. There are fewer of them than normal gamers, which are probably fewer than normal people that just occasionally play some games. Plus, the hardcore gamer market would be competing with consoles as well as computers. A gamer tablet would pretty much just be competing with other tablets and would need something to make it stand out anyway in that market.

  • Hope its better than nokia

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