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Intel Demonstrates "Letexo" Sliding Ultrabook in Video

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.

  • el33t
    ".........This hybris Ultrabook ......"

    Hybrid
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  • elcentral
    Nvidia slider did it better in my opinion. + did this slider haw a keyboard at all ? i did not c eny keys.
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  • NightLight
    i like what i'm seeing!
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  • 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
    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
    I like the classical ultrabook more.
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  • aveyoon
    Good article

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  • 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
    Can't they put a faster processor into that Speakers head (so that he can speak without pausing)
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  • Pailin
    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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