Intel has unveiled a working prototype design for a hybrid Ultrabook and tablet device. Called the Letexo, it was on show at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing.
It features a full sized keyboard and a sliding screen that can be positioned to use as a normal notebook computer, or slid forward and used like a touchscreen all-in-one PC. The screen can also be folded flat on top of the keyboard into a tablet-style configuration.
Its hinging mechanism itself is said to bear a few similarities to the Asus Eee Pad Slider, as it uses a thinner design without needing a screen that rotates into sandwich-style tablet shape. In this way it differs from the new Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13. It’s also a potential alternative to the Asus Transformer series with its supplied but removable keyboard dock.
The specs of this prototype are not known, beyond the fact that it’s based on Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processor and can run Windows 8, which is no surprise given its touch-friendly Metro apps. People in attendance at the presentation reported that its connections include USB ports and an HDMI output.
The prototype would need a manufacturer to bring it to market, if indeed it gets that far, by which time it may have gone through a number of changes.