If Sony's (NYSE:
combo was not big enough for consumers, Intel (NASDAQ:
) might have the perfect replacement. According to
, Intel has begun to push its so-called
adaptive all-in-one PC
concept -- which provides a platform to build semi-portable
desktop computers -- to manufacturers.
Sony was one of the first companies to experiment with this
concept. The Japanese tech giant released a 20-inch, 11-pound
Vaio machine last fall. Featuring Windows 8, a touch screen and a
built-in battery, this all-in-one PC could be used with or
without a power outlet.
When Intel announced the new platform last fall, the company
seemed to be focused on building machines with displays that
measured at least 20 inches diagonally. According to the
DigiTimes report, Intel has "suggested" to manufacturers that
they build machines between 18.4 and 27 inches.
The smallest size might seem ideal for business professionals
who want a little more power (and a larger screen) than what is
currently offered by an Apple (NASDAQ:
) iPad or an Amazon (NASDAQ:
) Kindle Fire. The largest size, however, is big enough to
replace a small high-def television.
Given the added weight and expanded screen size, consumers
might be wary about the portability of these devices.
) made some progress earlier this year when it unveiled the
. The device, which was built to be a full Windows 8 Pro PC,
comes with an 18-inch Ultra HD display. At 5.3 pounds, it is half
as heavy as Sony's all-in-one desktop.
In addition to Sony and Panasonic, Lenovo and Dell (NASDAQ:
) are also in the process of building new
This is not the first new PC concept that Intel has decided to
support. Two years ago the company said that it would spend $300
million to create a
MacBook Air competitor
. This led to the design of the Ultrabook concept, which provides
manufacturers with smaller, lighter and more efficient
processors, allowing them to build thinner and lighter
Thus far, Ultrabooks have not become the sales-igniting,
record-breaking format Intel had anticipated. However, they are
still expected to account for
40 percent of all notebook shipments
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him
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