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Laplet

Microsoft Surface Pro 3, a typical laplet

A laplet[1] is a portmanteau of the words laptop and tablet and it is a crossover of these device classes. Different variants of the term exists, a tabtop and a notelet,[2] although the latter is less suitable, because it has a more widely used homonym.

Term origin

The person who coined the laplet term is not known. The term appeared on the internet in the early 2012[3] and according to Google Trends it gained mass attention in news headlines in October 2012.[4]

Reasons for a new device class

The reason of the creating a new mobile device type is an endeavor of manufacturers to combine a mobility of a tablet with a power and versatility of a laptop.[1] A tablet is a highly portable device, being primarily used for internet browsing and media consumption, and a laptop is capable of content creation, but lack of a mobility of a tablet. The call of a laplet is to be a converged device, gaining the best from the both worlds, combining these device classes' features in a brand new device type.[2]

Distinction from a tablet

When being considered as a tablet, a laplet falls in the category of hybrid tablet, but distinct from other members of this group in the following ways: laplet have an x86-architecture CPU (typically low- or ultra-low-voltage model), such as Intel Core i5, run a full-featured OS like Windows 8.1, and have a number of typical laptop I/O ports, such as USB and Mini DisplayPort. The final and most prominent distinctive part is an attachable keyboard, which transforms a laplet into a full-fledged laptop.

Distinction from a laptop

If a laplet is being classified as a laptop, it loosely falls in an Ultrabook group, sharing with it such traits as a light and thin chassis, a power efficient CPU and a long battery life. A laplet is distinctive from a traditional Ultrabook by a presence of a touchscreen display and a detachable keyboard.

Early devices

The laplet device class is a relatively new, so a few devices exist on the market, although the laptop manufacturers are showing signs of transforming their existing laptop product portfolio more into laplets'.[5] One of the first laplets introduced to the audience is Asus Transformer Book T100, featuring 10.1-inch touchscreen display, Intel Atom CPU, Windows 8 OS and a detachable keyboard. The laplet arrived in stores in October 2013.[6]

Microsoft started Surface Pro-series of its own laplets in the February 2013.[7] The first member of this family featured 10.6-inch touchscreen display, Intel Core i5 CPU, Windows 8 Pro and a detachable keyboard, which also can be a protective screen cover, sold separately.

A number of prominent laptop manufacturers, such as Lenovo, Dell, Samsung and others released own versions of laplets.[1]

Criticism

In April 2012 Apple's CEO Tim Cook, answering to the question of the researcher Anthony Sacconaghi about a possible hybrid of iPad and MacBook Air, called a laplet a "hybrid of a toaster and a refrigerator":[8]

As of 2014, there are no other operating system options available for laplets, other than Microsoft Windows. A touch-oriented, tablet part of the Windows 8.1 — the apps and the whole ecosystem with the Windows Store in the center of it, is often criticized as a less convenient, less easy to use and offering a significantly lesser amount of quality apps, compared to more mature ecosystems of Google Android and Apple iOS mobile operating systems.[9][10]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Here Come the Hybrid ‘Laplets.’ Should You Care?". Wired. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "It's a tablet! It's a laptop! It's a laplet! It's a tabtop!". Tech Radar. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "First Tweet With a Hashtag #laplet". Twitter. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "IFA 2014 Lenovo Launches More PCs". AnandTech. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "ASUS reveals Transformer Book T100 with Windows 8.1 for $349, we go hands-on". Engadget. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Growing the Surface Family: Surface Windows 8 Pro Availability Confirmed". Microsoft. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Apple's Tim Cook rejects idea of laptop-tablet hybrids". BBC. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Matt Smith. "5 Reasons Why the Windows 8 Store is a Complete Mess". DigitalTrends.com. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Brad Chacos. "Windows Store versus the world: How do Microsoft's offerings really stack up?". PC World. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
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