Lenovo introduces the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. You read that right, Table PC not tablet PC. The Horizon is the company’s first “interpersonal PC” that supports multi-user, multi-touch, and multi-modes as a portable desktop PC. Aimed at multi-user entertainment at home or in the office, the Horizon looks to bring shared and collaborative experiences among several people. With customized games from Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, the Horizon brings portable gaming to the next level.
From a quick look, the Horizon seems like a Windows 8 all-in-one that sports Intel’s Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce graphics on a 27-inch, 1080p 10-finger touchscreen. It has up to 8GB RAM and up to 1 TB storage space. In theory, the Horizon is a portable device at only 1.06 inches thick, but it weighs around 17 pounds so lugging it around might not be an easy feat, though with its internal battery you should be able to get two hours of use from it. The gigantic PC easily switches from a Table PC to a “wall-like mount” at 90 degrees with a smart hinge system, switching from gaming to productivity.
Once laid flat on a surface, the Lenovo Aura interface automatically opens up, which provides a wheel-based interface to flip through apps, pictures, and games. To further highlight multi-player gaming, the Horizon comes with a set of accessories that include: four joysticks, strikers, and an e-dice to create a more physical digital gaming experience the company refers to as “phygital.” The table PC comes preloaded with a variety of games such as Monopoly, Raiding Company, King of the Opera and many more.
The IdeaCentre Horizon is set to be released in early summer and starts at $1,699. At the same time, Lenovo has demonstrated a larger 39-inch Table PC code-named “Gamma” at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Though it is highly doubtful that the Gamma will be as portable as the Horizon. With these two Table PCs in the works, it is indicative of Lenovo’s future direction towards larger computing devices.