Intel Bay Trail tablets with 64-bit Windows 8.1 to be released in Q1 2014

Since the launch of Windows 8 over a year ago, any tablet devices that have used Microsoft's operating system have been restricted to the 32-bit version. That has stayed the same for the release of the new Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Dell Venue 8. Now Intel says that Windows 8.1 tablets with the 64-bit SKU will begin to go on sale sometime in the first quarter of 2014 using the company's latest Atom processor.

Dell's recent Venue 8 tablet uses the 32-bit Windows 8.1 OS, rather than the 64-bit version.

The news came as part of a recent investor meeting at Intel. PC World reports that CEO Brian Krzanich stated that the 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablet products will use the new Bay Trail version of the low-powered Atom processor. That same chip will also be used inside tablets that will have a 64-bit version of Android but they will be released sometime after the Windows 8.1 tablets.

The 64-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 have been far more popular for desktop and notebook devices than the 32-bit version. A recent update of the Steam hardware survey showed that over 66 percent of the users of Valve's game download service had either the 64-bit version of Windows 7 or 8 installed on their PCs.

Source: PC World | Image via Dell

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I was wondering about that too. It should just take an update to Windows to take advantage of the 64bit proc. You'd have to reinstall a 64bit OS on those devices though.

Nice, I like the Windows 8.1 idea and I will keep an eye on that. But as far as the Android tablets go I have 0 interest.

dopydope said,
Why oh why do you keep using the image of the ANDROID venue 8 ?

Try reporting a problem with the article, maybe...

Hover over the article writer's name and it's right there!

Since the launch of Windows 8 over a year ago, any tablet devices that have used Microsoft's operating system have been restricted to the 32-bit version. That has stayed the same for the release of the new Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Dell Venue 8.

Wait... Am I reading this wrong, or is it saying that there are no Win8|.1 x86-64 tablets? I'm thinking at least the Surface Pros had 64-bit by default? Or at least the current generation Pro 2 with more than 4 GB of RAM?

Dell's Venue 11 has a 3770, which is Bay Trail and 64-bit. Their Venue 8 is running the 3740 which is also Bay Trail and 64-bit. Those are the only two I can name right now, though.

They only come with 8.1 32-bit on them, though.

And the reason 64bit OS's are popular with Valve's Steam users? Support for over 4GB of RAM. Apart from that there are very few other benefits for Windows devices, and having 64bit support on Atom tablets is going to benefit very few as there won't be that many with more than 4GB of RAM.

efjay said,
And the reason 64bit OS's are popular with Valve's Steam users? Support for over 4GB of RAM. Apart from that there are very few other benefits for Windows devices, and having 64bit support on Atom tablets is going to benefit very few as there won't be that many with more than 4GB of RAM.

The main benefit in this case is the increased security that you can reach when you run your browser and Windows services in 64-bit mode. The malicious code has to adapt to a 64-bit target. The performance benefits in terms of better optimized code thanks to the increased amount of general purpose and SSE registers, doubled size the general purpose registers as well as more advanced SSE instructions. So any CPU intensive code had many benefits to make use of.
The increased addressable space alone is just a part of what makes 64-bit good.

what does that have to do with the tablet described? the adoption to 64bit software might not yet be universal however, the hardware is surely prominent.

oh .. 64Bit has been far more popular. Thanks for that awesome statistics. Basically you are saying that 64Bit Hardware is far more popular but 64bit software does not really exist much.

Give everyone 64bit and the software will follow. You now finally start to see software/games going 64bit. Just took a decade as XP would be 64bit if it was upto MS.