Lenovo has announced 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.
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 uses the touch functionality of Windows 8 to bring games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. The Horizon can transform into a 27-inch high-performance desktop to handle whatever productivity tasks users need to do.
The Lenovo IdeaCentre Table PC
“We've 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, Product Group, Lenovo. “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.”
The Horizon Table PC includes Lenovo App Shop, a dedicated apps store powered by Intel AppUp giving users access to more than 5,000 multi-user entertainment apps. Horizon also comes with access to, or package of pre-loaded gaming and educational apps from companies including Electronic Arts, FableVision, Open Labs, Ubisoft, FilmOn TVand hundreds of top games and apps from BlueStacks.
With Horizon’s smart hinge system, users can lay it flat and in doing so, the Lenovo Aura multi-user, multi-touch interface (UI) will automatically activate. This UI lets families play, learn or enjoy multimedia content together on one screen. Aura also serves as a way to launch pre-loaded gaming and educational apps or download new ones from the online app store.
In addition, Horizon can perform as a family’s main all-in-one desktop for work and play. Its large backlit screen can be seen from virtually any angle and its NVIDIA GeForce graphics offers visual fidelity with smooth and seamless video playback, graphics and Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio. The Horizon is powered by Intel Core i7 processors.
As an option, Horizon offers a moveable Horizon Multimode Table. This adjustable table allows users to change the angle and height position of the Table PC, from lying flat to a straight-up, 'wall-like mount' at 90 degrees. Lenovo offers an array of protection services for the Horizon Table PC, including In-Home Warranty upgrades for service at the owner’s home or business and up to three years of warranty coverage.
The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC will be available beginning in early summer through Lenovo business partners and www.lenovo.com. Prices start at approximately $1,699, which roughly translates to Rs 91,000.
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