AMD Shows Off 11.6-inch Windows 8 Tablet Prototype
Watch out Intel and ARM.
There are three common themes at Computex Taipei this year: Tablets, ultrabooks, and Windows 8. Some companies manage to hit all three with one product (remember Samsung's convertible ultrabook/tablet with touchscreen support for Windows 8?), while others prefer to take things one or two categories at a time. On the show floor, AMD is showing them how its done with its Windows 8 concept tablet based on its Trinity APU.
Boasting an 11.6-inch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, the tablet is manufactured by Compal and also comes with a nifty keyboard dock for when you want to get down and dirty and do some real work. To that end, there's also a kickstand for the tablet to prop it up on a desk or table.
AMD is hoping that tablets based on Trinity will be able to take on similar products based on technologies from rivals Intel and ARM but other than showing off this prototype, the company didn't reveal much regarding its Windows 8 plans.
Due out in the fall, Windows 8 introduces a brand new user interface for desktop users. While current Windows users are familiar with the point and click world that is desktop computing, Microsoft's Metro UI aims to transform the desktop UI into a touch-sensitive app-tacular experience similar to how we interact with tablets and smartphones.