by Anton Shilov
01/08/2013 | 05:14 AM
Lenovo Group has introduced the IdeaCentre Horizon table PC, the company’s first “interpersonal PC”, a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode device for the home that allows users to turn their personal computing experience into a shared computing experience. The table PC can be used not only for work or entertainment by one person, but also as a multimedia center for the whole family.
“We have seen technology shifts across the four screens, from the desktop to the laptop, tablet and smartphone, and yet, while people have more computing power than ever before, there is still room for technologies like Horizon that bring people together. Horizon makes personal computing interpersonal computing with shared, collaborative experiences among several people,” said Peter Hortensius, president of product group at Lenovo.
As a table PC, Horizon can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time, supports interactive physical gaming accessories and is designed for touch screen game-play among several players. Horizon takes advantage of Windows 8 touch functionality to bring customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft to life in a way players have never seen before. Horizon can also easily transform into a 27” high-performance desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon table PC is based on Intel Core i7 3000-series “Ivy Bridge” microprocessor and is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GT 620M graphics adapter with 1GB of memory, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard disk drive and an optional 64GB SSD, Dolby Home Theatre v4 -certified stereo speakers, two microphones, 720p web-cam, 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, SD card reader, HDMI output and so on.
Thanks to massive 27” 10-point multi-touch display with 1920*1080 resolution, Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon table PC is an ultimate mobile high-definition media center that even be used without power cords thanks to integrated battery, which lasts for two hours.
Lenovo Horizon comes with a special set of accessories including an e-dice and four joysticks and strikers to offer a completely new digital gaming experience that combines the physical gaming accessory with the on-screen action. For the player, the action is part physical, part digital - an activity that Lenovo refers to as "phygital."
“Now many people can enjoy different photos, music and video on the same screen, and they can play games with our special accessories that blend physical and digital interaction. Horizon reflects our commitment to delivering the innovative products that define the PC Plus era,” added Mr. Hortensius.
The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be available beginning in early summer through Lenovo business partners and online. Prices start at approximately $1699.
The Horizon Table PC includes Lenovo App Shop, a dedicated apps store powered by Intel AppUp giving users access to 5000+ multi-user entertainment apps. Horizon also comes with exclusive access or package of pre-loaded gaming and educational apps from industry leading vendors including Electronic Arts, FableVision, Open Labs, Ubisoft, FilmOn TV and other.