First 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet demoed at Computex

Acer announced the eight inch Iconia W3 Windows 8 tablet earlier this week, but now we have confirmation of a tablet design that will run the upcoming Windows 8.1 upgrade from Microsoft on an even smaller seven-inch screen.

MobileGeeks.de reports that, during Computex 2013 this week in Taiwan, they came across "Lyon", the code name for a Windows 8.1 tablet reference design made by Inventec. The tablet won't actually be sold by Inventec but was made to be used by other PC manufacturers.

The specs for the seven-inch Lyon tablet include an all aluminum body with a 1280×800 IPS display, offering pixel density of 216ppi. The processor is based on Intel's upcoming Bay Trail-M design, with four cores and a clock speed of 1.66 GHz. There will be 2 GB of RAM inside, and storage options of either 64 or 128 GB, with a microSD card slot for even more storage expansion.

The tablet can hold both a front and rear facing camera, but the megapixel size of both will be up to the PC OEMs that will use the reference design. WiFi is the only wireless connection option; there are no plans to add a 3G or 4G antenna. As far as battery life goes, the tablet currently clocks in at a rather poor 3.5 hours of video playback, but the company claims that both hardware and driver optimizations could increase the battery life before it goes on sale.

PC OEM makers could start selling tablets that use the Inventec Lyon reference design sometime this fall, around the time the final RTM version of Windows 8.1 wil be launched by Microsoft. Microsoft has already announced that all Windows 8.x tablets smaller than 10 inches will get a free version of Office 2013.

Source: MobileGeeks.de

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Stylus? Without ink it will be just another iPad reader knock-off. To sell in Asia and to business and students handwriting is a major point of differentiation.

I kNEW there was a reason I held off on getting the Surface RT. This is a perfect size for my and having x86 and 16:10 is the ideal combination. Man I can't wait for this fall; new tablet time!!!

pcweber111 said,
I kNEW there was a reason I held off on getting the Surface RT. This is a perfect size for my and having x86 and 16:10 is the ideal combination. Man I can't wait for this fall; new tablet time!!!

While you were waiting...I'm typing this on a Surface RT and enjoying the hell out of it..

PoohGQ said,

While you were waiting...I'm typing this on a Surface RT and enjoying the hell out of it..

Usually early adopters who buy first generation devices get screwed though when second and third generation devices come out with new features. It's the reason I held off buying Microsoft's tablet. Unless you can afford to buy a new one every year, then my logic is void. I did think about buying one and then selling it for an upgraded model but these aren't exactly iPads that for some reason hold their value really well.

Theres something thats just cool about having full blown Windows on such a small device. Loads of uses and potential in a tiny package.

I would love a tablet at this size! But made from Microsoft, Nokia or Asus, not Acer. Microsoft's hardware is much more sexier and sleeker.

The best thing about 1280x800 is it's not 16:9. Should make portrait mode more natural in 16:10

Really looking forward to quad core Bay Trail!

Yeah x86. This was already possible though with Intel's current Clover Trail SoC. But Bay Trail (in this device) is a significant step up, it's a new architecture and its performance will likely be better than any current ARM SoC's, with battery life atleast as good.

Man, if Microsoft could release a sleek tablet at this size and high resolution, I would come back home. That tablet pictured above is ugly on the exterior.

As long as they don't actually use the body design part of the reference, and stick w/ a design similar to something like the Nexus 7, then I'm all for it. Especially w/ the new Bay trail processors and pricing (if Intel's claim of $200ish is true) being able to run FULL Windows, this thing would sell like hot-cakes. Heck, I'd even be willing to pay $300-350 (A Full $100 more than the Nexus 7) knowing that this is a FULL PC, and not a tablet OS device.