It’s no secret that Windows 8 has paved the way for all sorts of new PC form factors. OEM’s have as a result unleashed their creativity thanks to the hybrid nature of Microsoft’s mouse-and-keyboard-plus-touch operating system and released the likes of the Dell XPS 12 and the Lenovo Yoga 3.
Chip makers like Qualcomm and Intel played a significant role to make those wild form factors a reality by developing hardware components, primarily CPU’s, that are powerful yet consume very little energy. They’ve been the inspiration behind many of the designs OEMs come up with, and they do so with their own ‘reference designs’ of working hardware.
Intel has recently showcased a new reference design that they hope will re-invent the All-in-One PC. Their design that was initially hinted at a few months ago is now complete; it’s a 20-inch AIO PC that is slim yet portable as it includes a built-in kickstand and handle to carry and prop the device anywhere you like. What sets the device apart is that it comes in a body that is just 20mm thin with a trio of RealSense 3D cameras centered on the top bezel, and four microphones designed to record surround audio. And since it’s designed to be portable, it has a built-in battery that Intel claims will last a good 5 hours unplugged.
So how can a device that is basically a 20-inch tablet can be used in a home environment? Intel has put together the video below where different members of a family take turns to use the device for a variety of everyday computing tasks, such as gaming and looking up recipes. If you are interested in such a device, you’ll be happy to know that Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer and Asus all offer portable All-in-One PC’s.Further reading: Hardware, Intel, Microsoft, Windows 8.1