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CES Windows Tech Demos - Windows on ARM, 2nd Gen. Surface and More (Updated with Video!)

By Vijay Anand - 6 Jan 2011

CES 2011: Windows Technology Demos

Upgraded Hardware for Better User Experience

Microsoft wasted no time to officially share with the world on what they've been working on, even before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 starts tomorrow. Dubbed the Windows Technology Demo session, we'll first jump straight to the brand new hardware that Microsoft is working with AMD, Intel and system builders like ASUS, Acer, HP and more.

Update: We caught some corresponding footage during the keynote speech from Microsoft, so here are some video highlights that complements what we've covered in this article in a more visual manner:-

Using the latest Sandy Bridge platform from Intel, this new dual-screen multi-touch notebook from Acer somewhat resembles the Toshiba W100 device. The Acer machine however, is a full fledged workstation and larger than the compact W100.

Note the dynamic usage of the dual touch screens as the full sized virtual QWERTY keyboard was called upon on the bottom screen almost seamlessly for serious typing.

This is Samsung's new mini notebook-cum-slate device.

Its screen can be tilted back...

... allowing you to slide it down to hide the physical keyboard and thus instantly changing it to a slate-like machine.

Check out how thin the Samsung device is! The is truly technology progression at work with better hardware at a smaller form factor, thus bringing about a better user experience on the the latest Windows 7 build.

This is an ASUS tablet notebook based on Intel's latest Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor. It comes with a wireless keyboard for proper desktop usage.

It also features palm recognition technology. This ensures the tablet doesn't register your palm pressing on the screen as a valid input.

The tablet has excellent graphics performance thanks to the new graphics engine on board the Sandy Bridge processor. To complement it, ASUS and Microsoft worked on refining the display by eliminating the extra air gap between the glass top layer of the screen and the LCD unit itself, and also incorporated the touch sensor and the digitizer input by optically bonding all of these together. The result is a much thinner device of a similar screen size and has excellent viewing angles all-round.

HP's brand new Pavilion DM1 running on AMD's Fusion platform was also showcased working with Windows 7 and in this snapshot, IE9 running a hardware accelerated graphics test to showcase the browser's capability in harnessing the graphics hardware. 

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