Razer Switchblade Firsts Intel Atom Z690, Boasts Configurable Keyboard

Razer, the world’s leading high-end precision gaming brand is now showcasing the Razer Switchblade concept device running some of the most popular video games of today. Working together with Intel, the Razer Switchblade concept is the world’s first device to use the Intel® Atom™ processor Z690 running at 1.70 GHz.

This iteration of the Intel Atom processor is capable of running games at a higher level of performance with its faster clock speed; a 13 percent boost over previous models*.

Razer has also already announced key Chinese independent software vendors such as Tencent and ChangYou who have pledged to support game optimization for the Switchblade User Interface.

“Intel is very excited to be working closely with Razer on the next generation of mobile handheld PC gaming,” said Brad Graff, consumer marketing director, Netbook and Tablet Group, Intel. “The Razer Switchblade concept takes advantage of the Intel Atom processor, providing the performance needed to run 3D PC games in a small and light form factor to enable mobile gaming at significantly less power than a traditional laptop.”

“PC gaming on a truly mobile platform has not been possible before the Razer Switchblade,” said Min-Liang Tan, CEO and Creative Director, Razer. “Our work with Intel allowed us to not only optimize the performance of the hardware on this concept device, but also lay the foundation for future products that will fully utilize the innovative technologies first developed on the Razer Switchblade concept.”

The Switchblade Concept

The Razer Switchblade concept is a revolutionary mobile PC gaming device that allows gamers to play on-the-go without giving up the precision and control normally associated with a desktop gaming system. Integrating a multi-touch seven-inch screen, an innovative adaptive tactile keyboard, user interface and housing the next generation Intel Atom processor, the Razer Switchblade concept delivers the full desktop experience in a netbook-sized solution.

The Selling Points

As mentioned, the Switchblade is the first gaming-dedicated laptop to carry the Intel Atom Z690 processor, the latest in the Intel Oakrail series and possibly the only thing powerful enough to carry the Switchblade with flying colors.

Another selling point is its configurable keyboard. Say you're playing an FPS game that heavily relies on number and WASD keys. Theoretically, you would be able to maximize your performance in the game by configuring the keys in their optimum positions.

Lastly, it's said to be able to do HD playback.

There's no word yet on the Switchblade's pricing and final release date (concept, R&D). Personally I'm curious to see the commercial release of this thing.

For more information, please visit: http://www.razerzone.com/switchblade.


Thank you to Wilfred Aaron Nathan of Razerzone for the heads-up

*Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.

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