Microsoft patent allows a tablet to convert to a laptop or desktop computer
Unlike the Asus tablets, Microsoft would include a processor in the tablet and a separate one in the keyboard. The one in the tablet would be a low power processor, most likely an ARM chip, while the one in the keyboard would focus on performance and might be a speedier ARM chip or perhaps a ULV Intel chip. The Asus tablets have the same processing power whether connected to the keyboard dock or not and only brings additional power to the tablet when connected.
There is some speculation that the patent shows an operating system that also would adjust to docking. This would work by changing the UI from a Metro interface while in tablet mode to the traditional desktop UI as a laptop or desktop PC. The patent says that the device would change from a "resource-conserving computing environment" when in tablet mode to a "resource-intensive computing environment" in the other modes.
1. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Great idea! I was already thinking about it
3. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
This is an unspoken dream of smartphone suckers. *including me :p
17. vijaysivakula (Posts: 194; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
So, are you going to patent your thoughts? :P
2. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I knew this was going to happen due to Windows 8, I would love to see all that in action.
4. cheetah2k (Posts: 1178; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
I really hope Asus patented this first with the Transformer.
It would be sad if Asus had to pay royalties to Microsoft for using Android, and then more royalties for this patent too..
6. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
I bet they will because those huge companies are money hungry beasts
18. vijaysivakula (Posts: 194; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)
Cant Asus claim first use / first manufacture and not be bound by this patent to MS?
22. Stuticus (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)
It seems Goggle can't vs apple, why should Asus be any different.
5. VebbX (Posts: 41; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
I just want to buy it. It would be even greater if the tablet processor was inside a phone like the Padphone and then had the extra processor in the keyboard!
7. medicci37 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Didn't expect that kind of innovation from ms. This is the kind of tech ms. should start focusing on. Can't wait for this to come to market.
10. saiki4116 (Posts: 375; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
lenovo had already released a product like this in china.
8. danygandhi (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)
I imagined this when windows 8 was previewed at build conference. I am looking forward to a Hybrid with X86 on the dock and ARM in the slate. I am ready to shell out 1500$ for it, if any of the manufacturers nail the design.
9. -box- (Posts: 3978; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Did I call this or what..... I really need a patent lawyer friend :(
11. Stuntman (Posts: 828; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
I want it to save power whether it is docked or not. Why should my battery drain so much faster just because I attach my keyboard dock. The reason I use my Eee Pad Transformer more often than my Laptop is that my Transformer can last all day while unplugged while my laptop can last maybe 3 hours at the most.
12. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Someone said not too long ago that tablets would replace desktops and notebooks, and I agree to a certain extent but it will not be an Apple or and Android, it will be this.
15. azri05 (unregistered)
MS keeps rising from it slumber...
19. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
ms is on it they gone take all my money lol got my wallet open they bring this to market
20. bayusuputra (Posts: 961; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
but won't it drive the price even higher?
21. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
yes but instead of having a laptop and a desktop and a tablet you just have to spend your money once and have a 3 for one so yes its a larger amount up front but you will save in the long run
24. bayusuputra (Posts: 961; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
I understand that.. i mean compared to the usual tablet/docking station combination.. of course this in the long run will save up money.. because i think the keyboard itself will be much higher in price compared to the keyboard dock without a processor built in..
it's more like the "processor built in with higher price thus lesser consumer affordability" versus "lower performance but higher consumer affordability thus increasing the market" kinda thing.. :)
23. roscuthiii (Posts: 1949; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
This is what I have been wanting for a long time now, even before I ever heard of the Lenovo U1 hybrid. Hoping to see it finally realized, and soon.