Today at CES Lenovo announced a new tablet PC device that lets two or more people use it at once. The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC has a massive 27 inch display and runs on Windows 8. On top of Microsoft’s latest operating system the company has placed its own multi-user interface called Aura. This interface is deeply integrated into the OS and allows users to easily launch touch based apps.
IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC Specifications
- 27 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel multitouch display
- Up to an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M graphics with 1GB of memory
- Up to 8GB of RAM
- Up to 1TB of hard disk space, plus optional 64GB SSD
- Integrated WiFi and Bluetooth
- Stereo speakers
- USB 3.0, card reader, HDMI ports
- 720p webcam
The device is 1.1 inches thick and weighs in at a hefty 17.8 pounds making it an unlikely candidate for you to bring to a coffee shop. Its paltry 2 hours of battery life means you’ll have to place this near a wall socket.
You will be able to use this horizontally or vertically. The company is also offering a Horizon Multimode Table which is compatible with this device.
Lenovo has also announced that this product will have its own app store and in fact EA Sports and Ubisoft have already committed in creating games targeted for this. Other third-party developers are also encouraged to create apps for the Horizon Table PC as the company has already seeded the SDK for anyone to download.
This model isn’t for everyone as it targets a specific market niche which is primarily families who want to play games together. The starting price of $999 isn’t that expensive considering that you’ll already get the 27 inch display. At this price point it’s going to use the ultra-low voltage version of Intel’s Core i3 processor. The Core i7 version with NVIDIA GeForce graphics starts at $1,699.
Expect the IdeaCenter Horizon Table PC to hit stores starting early summer.