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2014-06-04T12:10:37Z
Intel has been busy with announcements this week, but one that was somewhat overlooked is rather interesting on its own: The chipmaker is building a fanless 2-in-1 mobile PC reference design powered by a new class of processor.

The device is powered by Intel’s next-gen 14nm Broadwell processors--called the Intel Core M processor--that have been “purpose-built” for the 2-in-1 form factor. Intel is calling the Core M the most efficient processor in its history, and they’ll underpin a wave of fanless, fast, and incredibly thin laptops.

Intel Core M 2-in-1

The reference device sports a 12.5-inch display, weighs 670g, and measures just 7.2mm thick. There’s a media dock that accompanies the slate that offers additional cooling and more performance.

If it’s as good as advertised, Intel should be lauded for bringing this form factor to a better level. The 2-in-1 paradigm is a natural evolution of laptops and tablets, but too often efforts in the industry have failed to produce a truly compelling 2-in-1. If there’s a new crop of excellent hybrids hitting the market soon, you won’t hear us complaining.
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KaranMenon
2014-06-04T20:07:45Z

The Surface Pro 3 was making a strong case for my tax return until I read this. The new 14nm tech should be good for lightness and battery life and the media dock sounds exactly like the accessory I want for my desktop.