Microsoft 's coming Windows 8 operating system is focusing attention on the possibility of tablet -laptop hybrids. This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to that idea in so many words, amounting to the equivalent of "Really?"
Cook told a conference call of analysts that "anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that the products are about tradeoffs." With a hybrid, he said, "you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone."
'A Toaster and a Refrigerator'
He noted that one could "converge a toaster and a refrigerator," but that probably wouldn't satisfy fans of either appliance. In response, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Frank X. Shaw tweeted that the reported comment "must be a typo," because the comparison shouldn't be to a toaster/fridge, but to a toaster/oven. "Those seem pretty popular," he wrote.
Cook said that some companies might choose to try out hybrids, in which they will end up compromising for both and not pleasing users of either device. He added that his company, which turned the tablet category into what is arguably the hottest form factor for personal computing , is "not going to that party."
That party has already started. Earlier this month, Intel showed a product it is calling the Lexeco, which is a Windows tablet that has a kickstand and a keyboard to turn it into an Ultrabook laptop. Intel CEO Paul Otellini and other executives have been talking about hybrids for months, where the tablet is "consumption" mode and the laptop is "productivity" mode.
In January, Lenovo showed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) its Windows 8-based IdeaPad Yoga prototype, in which a laptop's screen can fold down and turn the device into a tablet.
Asus has offered an Android tablet with optional keyboard dock for a year, and has expanded its so-called Transformer line with new versions using a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip running Android 4.0. The keyboard contains a second battery , additional ports and a trackpad, and when attached turns the entire device into an Android netbook. (continued...)
Posted: 2012-04-26 @ 5:30pm PT
"Hewlett-Packard, had tried the standard Windows OS with a touch overlay on a tablet, but that product didn't even make it to launch."
Wrong. Look up the HP Slate. Oh and the Slate 2... which followed it... to launch. There in fact many tablets running "standard" windows 7 (which includes a touch interface) including the samsung series 7, asus eee slate ep121, motion computing... I could go on.
The idea of a "hybrid" tablet laptop is also not new, not even close. They've been making them for almost 10 years. They were just bulkier than todays proposed ultrabook-tablet hybrids.
Honestly the only thing that's "new" is Windows happens to be focusing specifically on its touch interface for Win8.
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Posted: 2012-04-26 @ 12:31pm PT
hybrid? smartphones are hybrids of phone, camera, and tablet, none of which are satisfying: the phone turns into a spy device, the camera is crappy and the tablet is crippled