At IDF 2012 in Beijing last week, Intel showed off an ultrabook-tablet hybrid reference design dubbed Cove Point. The tablet cum laptop is a super-thin, super-light and super-speedy ultrabook powered by Windows 8.
“When we started talking about ultrabooks last year, we talked about different form factors, and touch and convertibles,” Gary Richman, Director of Marketing for Intel’s PC Client Solutions Division, told Press. “This has been an evolution over time. Ultrabooks were never meant to be just clamshell designs.”
Intel’s Cove Point — aka Letexo (former code name) is mainly intended for the consumers who can’t decide whether to buy a tablet or notebook.
Cove Point is not like another hybrid devices available in the market like Asus Transformer with a detachable keyboard. But its innovative design makes it stand out from the crowd. It sports a touchscreen that can be used as a tablet when the device is closed. The keyboard rests beneath the screen when closed, which gives device a standard tablet look than a closed notebook.
And if want to work on the ultrabook, push the screen forward to open and pile it up against a stand to use the full sized keyboard. Cove Point also brags other folding modes that make it easy to watch a movie, or type on the touchscreen.
The hardware can be used as a full-fledged PC — Intel showed off the device running the Consumer Preview of Windows 8. At the demo, Cove Point also ran on an early sample of Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge CPU. Just like you’d find in a full-fledged notebook, the device sports a 12.5-inch screen, two USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.
Richman and his team have been working on the Cove Point project since last year.
“Where we see the future of computing going, with tablets and Windows 8, is the importance of the touch experience,” Richman said. “[With Cove Point] we were looking to define the compelling form factors, usages and benefits of having a notebook design, while taking advantage of the touch experience in Windows 8.”
Currently, no OEMs have made a Cove Point announcement, but we would be surprised if manufacturers ignored the ultrabook-hybrid form factor entirely. As it’s currently configured, Richman estimates Intel’s Cove Point device would probably cost consumers around $1,000.
See Intel Cover Point Windows 8 hybrid machine in action: