Lenovo Announces IdeaCentre Horizon Tablet PC at CES 2013

Lenovo's 27-inch IdeaCentre Horizon | Lenovo Official Website

Lenovo’s 27-inch IdeaCentre Horizon | Lenovo Official Website

Last Monday, Lenovo announced an interesting “slate PC”—the 27-inch IdeaCentre Horizon. It is a multi-touch all-in-one desktop that can convert into tablet-like device, reminiscent of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. As posted on the company’s official website:

The 27” IdeaCentre Horizon multimode PC enables comfortable multi-angle use as a desktop, and provides a unique multi-user experience as a tablet PC. Use Horizon’s three exclusive gaming accessories to amplify your digital entertainment experience.

Meet Lenovo’s Tablet PC: The IdeaCentre Horizon

Although it is not designed to be used as a tablet, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon has a large built-in battery, which the company says is good for two hours of mobile use. However, the device’s portability is quite questionable, as it weighs in at 17 pounds.

Dubbed as a “tablet PC,” it can be used as a traditional all-in-one desktop and can be transformed into a tabletop screen by folding down its rear kickstand. When the device is laid on the table, a specialized user interface called “Moon Dial” will pop up, enabling users to interact with the computer from any angle.

Aside from that, the IdeaCentre Horizon also features a ten-point multi-touch screen with gesture controls. This feature is suited for multi-person use either at work or at home. It also comes in with a number of accessories designed for family gaming.

This accessories—which are designed to interact with the screen—includes joysticks, dice and air hockey mallet. As Lenovo calls it, this functionality is labeled as “phygital”, and combination of “physical” and “digital”.

Users can also switch the device’s user interface to the base Windows 8 UI, although the resulting full-screen application window can look a bit clunky. Branded as a “Tablet Gaming PC” by Lenovo, it is expected that the 27-inch IdeCentre Horizon will be released this summer. The IdeaCentre Horizon’s tech specs are listed below:

  • Third-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • 27-inch backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) multi-touch display; 16:9 widescreen
  • Up to two hours of battery life
  • 1 TB Hard Disk Drive
  • 8 GB DDR3

Lenovo’s 11-inch YogaPad 11S

Aside from the IdeaCentre Horizon, Lenovo’s 11-inch YogaPad 11S also made a buzz at this year’s CES event. Featuring the Windows 8 operating system, it can support Intel Core i5 low-voltage CPU. Its IPS display, on the other hand, runs at 1600 x 900 pixels.

Coming in at basic black, pink, gray and orange, the YogaPad 11S won’t be available until sometime in June 2013 for as low as $799.

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