AMD shows off 11.6-inch Windows 8 hybrid tablet at E-Series APU launch

AMD has officially launched its latest E-Series APU platform at its Computex press event. These new processors will be found in new notebook and desktop computers from major brands, including Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

AMD CEO Rory Read was in cheerleader-in-chief mode when he took the stage at the company's E-Series APU launch at Computex, Taipei.
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The E-Series APU, also known as Brazos, share a similar CPU architecture with the Trinity APUs that AMD announced in May. While they both have the same features, such as an integrated DirectX 11-capable Radeon HD graphics chip, the E-Series is the more affordable version.

Furthermore, two dual-core APU models — the E2-1200, with a clock speed of 1.4GHz, and the E2-1800, running at 1.7GHz — were introduced.

The event featured demos of AMD APUs running head-to-head against Intel's latest Core-i processors. The AMD chips handily beat their Intel rivals in multimedia and gaming applications. However, the usage scenarios weren't always appropriate — one wouldn't usually pair a high-end Core i7 chip without a discrete graphics chip (which could even be from AMD), especially when it's a desktop PC.

More realistically, AMD claimed that the E-Series has a longer battery life than its Intel equivalent in a number of use cases, such as when browsing the internet and playing Flash games online. With a rated TDP of 18W, these chips certainly look like they could last an entire day, or up to 11 hours, according to AMD.

The company also teased the audience with a reference hybrid tablet computer based on Windows 8. This 11.6-inch device has a touchscreen with a keyboard dock, like the Asus Transformer.

Although we didn't get a chance to see much of this device at the event, we tracked it down later at AMD's Computex booth.

AMD's reference hybrid tablet is manufactured by Compal, and it wasn't working too well when we tried it. Most of the apps weren't ready, and the prototype's screen looked very reflective and prone to fingerprint smudges.
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The keyboard adds a pair of speakers, and we also saw two USB ports, HDMI and Ethernet at the rear.
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We also spotted a couple of new notebooks powered by the E-Series APU, such as this affordable-looking, 11.6-inch MSI U270.
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Another laptop using AMD's APU is this Sony Vaio, well, E-Series.
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Via CNET Asia

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