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

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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24 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Great idea! I was already thinking about it

3. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

13. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

yeah right :P

17. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

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

2. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I knew this was going to happen due to Windows 8, I would love to see all that in action.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 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: Dec 30, 2011

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

18. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

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

22. Stuticus

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

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

5. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

lenovo had already released a product like this in china.

8. danygandhi

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 17, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

11. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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: Feb 10, 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.

14. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

these microsoft guys.....they are awesome

15. azri05 unregistered

MS keeps rising from it slumber...

16. Jericho unregistered

just loving ms by the day.

19. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

ms is on it they gone take all my money lol got my wallet open they bring this to market

20. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

but won't it drive the price even higher?

21. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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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