Razer Prepares Project Fiona Gaming Tablet for Production
After a promotional Facebook campaign exceeds expectations, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced that the company’s concept gaming tablet, Project Fiona, would be sent into production. According to Tan, the final design will be influenced by the gaming community’s feedback. It’ll be interesting to see how Razer handles this sort of crowdsourcing when producing a gadget of this caliber. And seeing the ever-changing landscape of consumer electronics, it’ll be even more interesting to see if this product ever actually sees the light of day.
As of now, little is known about the tablet and it hasn’t received much limelight since its initial debut at CES in January. To their credit though, Razer did impress with the initial concept unit. It featured an Intel Core i7 processor and rocked a 10.1-inch screen with 1280×800 resolution. What made the product gaming-specific, however, were the two controller sticks on either side of the screen.
The tablet will be running either Windows 8 or Windows RT, depending on the final processor decision. This opens up many possibilities for the tablet, beyond gaming, making it even more attractive to those gadget-hungry gamers out there. The problem is, it seems Razer is attempting to market Project Fiona to the hardcore PC gaming crowd. And while that’s a huge global market, the issue of caring from that specific legion of consumers comes into play.
The biggest challenge facing this product will be getting PC gamers, who hate change and are used to playing with a keyboard and mouse on a much larger screen, to adopt a product with controllers and a much smaller screen. I wish Razer luck on this one because as much as I see Project Fiona as an incredible gadget, I don’t see it as a practical mainstream device.