Computers & Tablets set to be replaced by ‘2 in 1’ Laptops

The standard computer and tablet are said to be under threat from another device – the ‘two in one’ laptop. Already, the way people access the internet for work or pleasure has changed remarkably, with many leaving behind the standard desk-top for a more modern device such as a tablet or a lap-top, but the rise of new ‘two-in-one’ devices have meant that there is a new generation of people who now prefer devices that combine tablets with laptop computers.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11

Intel’s Executive Vice President Tom Kilroy claimed: “The two-in-one concept is really going to be the new wave,” adding: “The days of carrying around a smartphone a tablet and a notebook are numbered – the discrete tablet as we know it will go by the wayside and the 2-in-1 will be the future. If you’re doing content creation it just doesn’t happen on the phone.”

Products such as the Lenovo Yoga are exactly what Kilroy is talking about, as this device can be used as both a laptop, a tablet and if used in ‘tent mode’, the user can have the viewing screen propped so that it stands up on its own.

Lenovo unveiled the IdeaPad U1 laptop at the CES convention in Las Vegas, which showed how the device allowed users to detach the screen and use it as a separate tablet device.

The IdeaPad U1 has a unique design in two parts, each with its own processor and operating system that enable it to work together or independently as either a clamshell laptop or a multi-touch slate tablet. When the two parts are joined, it functions as a conventional laptop with an 11.6in screen running Windows 7.

You can however use the screen independently as a slate-mode tablet with its own ARM processor, which runs the Skylight platform from its new webbook product of the same name.

Liu Jun, the senior vice president of Lenovo’s Idea product group said: “The IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook is a game-changing technology in the PC industry that lets users switch their PC experience within a single device to match their dynamic lifestyle.”

Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Lenovo IdeaPad U1

Kilroy blamed the ‘modest’ launch of Windows 8 and said that this meant the PC market was ‘a year late in getting a shot in the arm’ it needed, saying: “If Windows 8 had had a better take up I think we would have seen an increase in the notebook [sales overall]; the fact that it was more of a modest launch means the recovery is just a year later.” He did state that 80% of all laptop owners would still replace their device with another laptop, even though many owners had bought a newer tablet.

Kilroy was attending the Computex show in Taipan, Taiwan to launch the new, 4th-generation Intel Core processors. He said that the chips, which were previously codenamed ‘Haswell’, would be able to power ‘tablet-like mobility’ in the new slimline laptops called ultrabooks.

The new chip would give a much better power consumption and graphics would also improve, as well showing off more systems that improved interactivity with devices. One employed face recognition to replace passwords, while others made increased use of the touch interfaces, similar to that of Windows 8.

And one telecommunications giant Samsung, have already incorporated the new Intel processors, stating that they would be used in their new tablets.

However, Kilroy added that he thought Microsoft was ‘watching Apple’s business model’, and stated that this was the reason why the manufacturer of Windows was also said to be building its own hardware, such as the Surface and Surface Pro tablets and laptops.

In his opinion, he commented that the move had ‘increased tension, for sure, among other PC manufacturers, but added that the PC industry as a whole was ‘more innovative than ever’.

Source: The Telegraph/Matt Warman

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