Alienware Teases Concept UFO At CES 2020

By Ben Hamill - January 08 2020
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Its as high-end as only Dell’s Alienware technology can get, its currently still undergoing further development and has the pre-fix “concept” attached to its name, and perhaps most newsworthy of all; it closely mimics Nintendo’s Switch video games console. We’re referring of course to tech-giant Alienware’s (a division of Dell) new Concept UFO handheld gaming device. Its essentially a handheld PC, its only 8 inches long and what with it being classed as “concept”, it may or may not see the light of day in its current form. Or any form, for that matter.

Concept UFO is neither price-tagged nor scheduled for release, but it was showcased by Alienware at this year’s CES tech-convention in Las Vegas. Various prototype models were made available for a test-drive and judging by its creator’s assertion that Alienware is constantly “pushing what’s possible in the realm of gaming”, we may actually be able to eventually purchase the finished product once officially released from the design table.

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Challenging Nintendo

As far as the actual specs go, Concept UFO will despite its similarities to Nintendo’s Switch, in all likelihood give the latter a run for its money. For the simple fact that its just so much more versatile, and in so many ways.

For a start, Concept UFO is a fully functional computer that runs on Microsoft Windows 10. This may seem to be a pretty standard statement to be making, but the fact is that when talking handheld gaming consoles, it really isn’t “standard” at all. Running a Windows operating system will allow gamers to port their existing library of games to their new console without any trouble at all.

The PC That Isn’t A PC

Better still, the device will actually be able to double up as a standard PC as the hardware makes provision for two USB C-ports, which means that its able to support a standard keyboard and mouse setup. It also has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt connectivity and so really; problem solved. All of this is made possible by the fact that it’s supported by a 10th Gen Intel processor.

Switch for the most part makes use of limited ports for functions such as TV sharing. Concept UFO will in all likelihood go one better on Switch thanks to Windows 10’s own versatility and share-capabilities.

Nothing has been revealed about battery life but judging by the fact that it beats Nintendo’s Switch on each and every count, Concept UFO’s battery should last somewhere in the line of 9.5 hours on a single charge.

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