AMD Exec Envisions Hybrid Devices Replacing Tablets by 2016 - HotHardware
AMD Exec Envisions Hybrid Devices Replacing Tablets by 2016

AMD Exec Envisions Hybrid Devices Replacing Tablets by 2016

Consumers are going crazy for tablet devices these days. It started with Apple's iPad, which is still the best selling tablet line out there, and continues with the influx of low-cost Android slates from name-brand vendors like Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Asus, and so forth. Tablets have become so popular that Microsoft went and re-imagined Windows for touch input on-the-go. It seems unlikely these mobile devices are going anywhere, or does it?

At an AMD event the other day, AMD U.K. Retail Business Development Manager Andrew Muscat told T3 that the market will shift away from tablets and towards hybrid devices. Muscat fully acknowledges that slates like the Nexus 7 and iPad mini are super popular, but he also says they're limited in functionality compared to hybrid laptops.

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"You're going to see a shift I think. While tablets are good you're still restricted when it comes to content creation; there's always going to be a need for notebooks," Muscat told T3. "I think it's moving a lot more towards taking tablet technology and effectively turning it into notebook technology."

Muscat gives the tablet form factor another two to three years before it yields to hybrid laptops. Is he crazy in thinking that? You'd have a hard time convincing BlackBerry CEO Thornsten Heins of that. At the end of last month, Heins made a similar prediction, stating in an interview with Bloomberg that five years from now, there won't be a reason to own a tablet.
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One new hybrid model to launch this month is the Hummingbird PX103 -- a "Transformer style" 10-inch device with impressive features for a mid-range tablet and offers a hard cover with reversable built in keyboard that easily snaps into place, with features that include the latest Rockchip Quad Core processor and an HD 1280x800 IPS screen; along with Bluetooth (works with built-in keyboard), HDMI, Dual Cameras, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 and Google Play... it offers a thin 9.6mm profile, weighs in at only 1.4lbs... and is priced at $239 with more details available at a site called TabletSprint --

A 3G - HSPA+ edition is also expected in June. TabletSprint also offers a promotion with Bonus Apps, including the popular 3D game Shadowgun, and an Office Suite with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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