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Microsoft patent allows a tablet to convert to a laptop or desktop computer

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Microsoft patent allows a tablet to convert to a laptop or desktop computer
Microsoft's patent for a converting tablet

Microsoft's patent for a converting tablet

It seems that Microsoft might have been noticing how successful Asus has been with its tablets that convert into a laptop like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Asus Transformer Prime. A newly released patent belonging to the guys in Redmond shows a process that would convert a tablet into a laptop or even a desktop computer with two different processors.

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.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:08 9

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Great idea! I was already thinking about it

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:21 8

3. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


This is an unspoken dream of smartphone suckers. *including me :p

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 17:40

13. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


yeah right :P

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 00:51

17. vijaysivakula (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


So, are you going to patent your thoughts? :P

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:20 3

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.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:23

4. cheetah2k (Posts: 859; 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..

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:31

6. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)


I bet they will because those huge companies are money hungry beasts

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 00:52

18. vijaysivakula (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Cant Asus claim first use / first manufacture and not be bound by this patent to MS?

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 11:42

22. Stuticus (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


It seems Goggle can't vs apple, why should Asus be any different.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:24

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!

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:41 1

7. medicci37 (Posts: 700; 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.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 16:10 1

10. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


lenovo had already released a product like this in china.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:50

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.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 15:52

9. -box- (Posts: 3869; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Did I call this or what..... I really need a patent lawyer friend :(

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 16:23

11. Stuntman (Posts: 758; 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.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 17:28 3

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.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 22:21 2

14. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


these microsoft guys.....they are awesome

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 00:12 2

15. azri05 (unregistered)


MS keeps rising from it slumber...

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 00:26 1

16. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


just loving ms by the day.

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:41 1

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

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 07:58

20. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


but won't it drive the price even higher?

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 08:14 2

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

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 06:25

24. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; 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.. :)

posted on 09 Mar 2012, 13:51

23. roscuthiii (Posts: 1865; 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.

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