Many Windows 8 Intel "Clover Trail" tablets still delayed until early 2013

In September, Intel announced its new Atom Z2760 processor, better known by its code name "Clover Trail". The dual-core low power chip was designed specifically to run Windows 8 and was supposed to offer features such as long battery life and "connected standby". 

A month ago, and three weeks after the launch of Windows 8, we reported that the only tablets with the Intel Atom Z2760 chip inside that were on sale were the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and the Acer Iconia W510. Now it looks like all those other "Clover Trail" tablets promised from other PC makers won't be released in 2012 after all.

Information Week reports that Dell's Latitude 10, shown above, is not due to ship until at least January 22nd. The HP Envy x2 Envy's current ship date is January 9th. Two more Windows 8 tablets with the chip, the Asus VivoTab Smart and the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, don't have any ship dates listed at all.

So what's the problem? Information Week claims, via unnamed sources, that PC makers are having issues with building "Clover Trail" drivers that pass Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) tests. So far, Intel, Microsoft and PC makers have yet to comment on the delays of these tablets.

Source: Information Week | Image via Dell

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I have an Acer Iconia W510 that Clovertrail processor is fantastic! i get 9 hours of battery life and the tablet is noticeably faster than the surface. In fact microsoft should have made the surface work with this intel atom processor from the get go. Way better performance.

Surface is ARM-based, Surface Pro is Intel-based. It's not surprise that an Intel-based device has better performance than a lower-spec'd ARM-based device.

Well the lack of tablets has held back the buzz for Windows 8 imo. When you are forced to show it off only on systems without touchscreens, you loose half the potential. The desktop side fine, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't excite most consumers.

Hopefully things improve on the oem side soon.

Completely agreed! OEMs are used to release pure crap - hence why Surface exists - and MS finally got tough. About time! Expect some pretty great hardware by next summer.

I ordered two Lenovo ThinkPad 2 Tablets the other day through my Lenovo rep. He told me we should get them by the end of December.

Cedartrail was too much of a power hog and too slow to matter. no wonder it lacks drivers.

I think the bigger issue is that clovertrail just doesn't support resolutions past 768p so the fact PC makers are even considering it is surprising.

still, if the bottleneck is driver certification, that is a much easier problem to solve than OEM driver interest.

Not all that easy when we're talking about Intel. When Cedar Trail came out they had the same issue: they kept failing at the driver certification ( ) so in the end they just decided to release a DX9, 32bit-only and Win7-only driver.

Fun fact: Whoever bought previous Atoms can run Windows 8 while whoever bought the latest (Cedar Trail) can't.

Fun fact 2: The Cedar Trail CPU was actually 64bit but they were so nice to lock the bios so it can only boot in 32bit mode, way to go Intel!