A pure tablet computer provides great efficiency in note-taking environments or in a highly mobile environment where it is difficult to set up or use a keyboard and mouse to input data into the computer. Unfortunately, this advantage is also a great disadvantage because, many users may still find that there is a great need and efficiency in using a keyboard for data entry. Even for existing convertible tablets which have keyboards, users may find they are thick and heavy. A new patent application published this month illustrates that Lenovo wants to enter the Ultrabook detachable notebook market in the not-too-distant future, beyond their Ultrabook convertible that debuts this June with Intel's new from the ground up Haswell processor.
As noted below, Lenovo's forthcoming Ultrabook Convertible style notebook-tablet was integrated into one of Intel's IDF Beijing 2013 keynotes presented earlier in the month. The convertible style means that the notebook's display can be bent backwards all the way to form a tablet. Some convertible styles allow the user to could twist the display around on a pivot hinge so that they could cover the keyboard so as to operate the display as a tablet with touch controls. This is convenient for users wanting a own a larger notebook display (13-17") that can quasi-double as a tablet.
In one of Lenovo's latest patent applications, Patent Bolt has discovered that Lenovo is clearly illustrating their intentions of also covering the Ultrabook Detachable notebook-tablet hybrid market in the future.
The Detachable is designed to physically detach from the keyboard to that it could act as an independent tablet, like HP's current Envy X2. With Intel's new Haswell processor coming to market, the detachable Ultrabooks will be packaging a new i3 CPU that will take it from the netbook category to being a powerful little notebook that could double as a pure multitouch tablet with a large 11 + inch display packing better battery life.
Lenovo's Unique Ultrabook Detachable Hybrid Notebook
About Lenovo's patent Figures Illustrated Below: Lenovo's patent FIG. 1A is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment in a laptop mode; FIG. 1B is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment in a semi-desktop mode; FIG. 1C is a perspective view of the exemplary embodiment in a tablet configuration; and FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an input unit with a tablet computer as shown in FIG. 1C.
What's unique about this detachable display based notebook is that it will offer a mysterious "Semi-Desktop" mode. And the crazy thing about it is that Lenovo never really explains this extra mode which is most fascinating indeed. We see it in patent FIG. 1b with a unit that could swing from the bottom of the keyboard to the back of the Ultrabook.
Thinking back a few years, I remember Intel's Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, VP and general manager of the PC Client Group, talking about their coming 20 and 14nm versions of Haswell and in one of these products he described a mobile notebook that would be able to run all day on lower power for things like surfacing, email and social networking. And when the user got home, they'd be able to plug their Ultrabook into a next generation dock that would allow the Ultrabook's CPU to ramp right up to Desktop power levels due to the special cooling systems found in the dock to keep the notebook cool.
Whether Lenovo is thinking of delivering such an add-on dock for more power, or reveal something completely different when it launches is unknown at this time. But the "Semi-Desktop" mode feature is the one to watch for from Lenovo in the future. For now, if you're a Lenovo fan, the news is that they're working on a new Ultrabook Detachable if their Convertible Ultrabook design isn't a right fit for your lifestyle.
Lenovo filed their patent application under serial number 271119 back in Q3 2011. The US Patent Office published the patent application earlier this month. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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