The Razer Switchblade concept device might not have been more than a blip on your radar when it was first pimped out at CES because, well, it was just a “concept” device at the time. It was certainly interesting though: the Switchblade is basically a Windows 7-based notebook with a 6.8-inch screen running on an Atom processor. Unlike your regular Atom-powered netbook, this thing’s specifically designed for gaming-on-the-go with a backlit dynamic keyboard that can be customized to show buttons for games. It should cause a bigger blip pretty soon though, since it’s actually set to start selling in China.
According to the report posted on Netbook News, Razer announced a partnership with Tencent, China’s largest ISP. Razer will be optimizing the Swithblade for running League of Legends, Dungeon & Fighter, Crossfire, and QQ Speed, which is China’s most popular IM service. We’re not really familiar with the three mentioned games, but since Tencent is an ISP, we’re guessing they’re big MMO titles in the country.
Pricing and release info weren’t mentioned, but it shouldn’t be that expensive. It’s running on an Atom after all, which technically makes it a netbook. The device packs in Intel’s new 1.5GHz Z760 (Oak Trail) chip, USB 3.0 and audio ports, and a mini HDMI output for connecting to a larger display.