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Intel Demonstrates "Letexo" Sliding Ultrabook in Video

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This hybris Ultrabook prototype slides into a tablet and an all-in-one PC.

During IDF 2012 Beijing, Intel showcased a hybrid Ultrabook prototype sporting Windows 8 and a sliding screen. The latter feature allows it to transform into multiple form factors: a tablet, an all-in-one PC, and back into an Ultrabook.

According to various reports, it's codenamed Letexo. As briefly seen in the video below, the screen is designed to sit flush against the keyboard when in tablet mode so that the device becomes one streamlined unit instead of a bulky "sandwich." The screen can also be pushed forward and propped up with a built-in stand, blocking access to the keyboard and serving as a small touch-based AIO PC.

Already there are comparisons to the Android-based Asus Eee Pad Slider. Like the Asus tablet, the Intel design doesn't require users to rotate the screen as seen with many hybrid notebooks available on the market today. But the difference is that Letexo provides a full-size keyboard and a screen that actually sits at the very back of the chassis when in Ultrabook mode, not half-way up the chassis like the Eee Pad Slider.

So far very little is known about Letexo other than it's based on Intel's Ivy Bridge Ultrabook platform. Other features seen in product images include an HDMI port and a pair of USB ports. There's also no indication that manufacturers have even signed on to produce products based on the Letexo design.

Will customers flock to the Letexo design? It certainly looks cool. But unfortunately for Asus, customers didn't rush out to buy the innovative Asus Eee Pad Slider. Instead, they chose the Eee Pad Transformer which featured an optional keyboard dock. Intel's design seems to combine the best of both Eee Pad designs without having to offer a standalone keyboard.

IDF 2012 Beijing Day 1 Highlights

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    el33t , April 15, 2012 11:05 AM
    ".........This hybris Ultrabook ......"

    Hybrid
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    NightLight , April 15, 2012 1:28 PM
    i like what i'm seeing!
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 1:40 PM
    The white notebook with the screen on the bottom wouldn't look right, plus the bottom would get dirty and scratched up.

    The slider looks neat. Like the ASUS Slider, but with Windows OS.
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    digiex , April 15, 2012 1:46 PM
    Reliability of the connectors is always a problem with this kind of design.

    It's interesting to know how they will perform a repetitive test with it.

    Unlike the clamp shell laptops, which are just open-close process.
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    rex86 , April 15, 2012 2:30 PM
    I like the classical ultrabook more.
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    aveyoon , April 15, 2012 3:47 PM
    Good article

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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 5:01 PM
    How do OEM's of ultrabooks expect to compete without having thunderbolt ports on their laptops, I will be looking for a laptop, ultrabook or larger and if that laptop does not have a Thunderbolt port ( full 4 lane thunderbolt controller, Not a 2 lane thunderbolt controller), I will not buy the laptop! I expect the graphics card OEM's and the aftermarket to begin bilding professional level graphics processing hardware to plug into my laptop and allow me to complete my rendering without having to purcahse a mac pro! I would really like to see intel make thunderbolt controllers with 8 lanes, but a laptop with two 4 lane thunderbolt ports would do just fine! The days of the 2 inch thick portable workstation should be nearly over, if a laptop OEMs would build a laptop with two 4 lane thunderbolt ports!
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    shreeharsha , April 15, 2012 5:13 PM
    Can't they put a faster processor into that Speakers head (so that he can speak without pausing)
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    Pailin , April 15, 2012 6:15 PM
    he was speaking slowly so the local Chinese at that show can more easily understand him...

    even if he could be somewhat smoother
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    ymeng85 , April 15, 2012 6:41 PM
    The speaker you are referring to is Sean Maloney who suffered a stroke in 2010. It's amazing already that he can speak the way he speaks now.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 8:50 PM
    NeedItBad - So true! I did hear that some ultrabooks would come with Thunderbolt so we'll see. I agree that ThunderBolt is the game changer for this format. By the way, Letexo is awesome! I really like the design. A tablet that actually has some performance to it. Wow!
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    dreadlokz , April 16, 2012 1:49 AM
    better then crap tablets... just need more horsepower!
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    bigdragon , April 16, 2012 2:52 AM
    I'm not a fan of the sliding design, but I'll take it if the specs are right and there's a good active digitizer for drawing on the screen.

    Where is AMD? What is their vision for Windows 8 tablet computing? Somebody go wake them up. They fell asleep at the wheel again.
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    nebun , April 16, 2012 4:07 AM
    i would like to see an ultra-book with the looks and performance of Apple's mackbookpro line...something more like their 15 and 17 inch laptops
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    trumpeter1994 , April 16, 2012 12:53 PM
    bigdragonI'm not a fan of the sliding design, but I'll take it if the specs are right and there's a good active digitizer for drawing on the screen.Where is AMD? What is their vision for Windows 8 tablet computing? Somebody go wake them up. They fell asleep at the wheel again.

    Nah keep them in a dark room with bulldozer, they need to finish they're work on that so they can give intel some competition on a field outside of integrated graphics
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , April 16, 2012 3:13 PM
    That's pretty sweet looking. I wouldn't mind one of these as long as it didn't have an Atom processor. I know the article says it's based on Ivy bridge, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't try and stick and Atom in it. Now if there was an AMD Ultrathin version of this, that would be nice.
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2012 3:16 PM
    el33t".........This hybris Ultrabook ......"Hybrid

    Hubris :p 
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    markdj , April 16, 2012 4:19 PM
    if this has a good ivy bridge processor I'd be all over this, it looks awesome. I'd sell my transformer prime real fast for that. It truly does combine best of both worlds