Windows 8-based Intel tablet specs revealed

Intel has already said it is working with 10 different vendors to create Windows 8-based tablets that would have the company's processor inside. Now News.com reports that during the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing this week, the company has revealed more information on the hardware specs it expects to see in a Windows 8-based tablet.

The tablets themselves will have Intel's upcoming mobile processor, code named Clover Trail. While the processor is dual-core, it would also allow for "burst mode" and Hyperthreading features in order to boost performance. While some of the products will be pure tablet devices that would be 10 inches in size, others will be a hybrid of a tablet and a notebook, such as the ones that Intel showed off at CES 2012 in January, that would have an 11 inch screen.

The Windows 8 tablets would support 3G and 4G networks out of the box, along with a battery life of nine hours, with 30 days of standby power. They would also be 9mm thick and weight about 1.5 pounds, All of those recommendations are close to the hardware and design features of Apple's iPad.

Hopefully we will learn more about all of these upcoming Intel-based Windows 8 tablets later this summer ahead of the Windows 8 launch.

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they need to get rid of that 'burst mode' and whatever 'turbo boost' technology they have. It always kills my laptop's battery.

All of those recommendations are close to the hardware and design features of Apple's iPad.

It is good that Apple gave Microsoft-Windows/Intel something to strive for.

I'm still deciding if I will get a x86 or ARM based tablet. I will stay away from Windows 8 on the desktops/laptops for now.

The biggest greatest bullet point on that list is Intel Wireless Display. This is HUGE. I wonder if I can play a Netflix movie over to TV WHILE continuing to surf the web like I can and do on my laptop. This would be a major selling point to me. I wasn't even considering a tablet till this came in to play.

Is anyone else curious as to what the hell "Compute Continuum" under the entertainment category is? After several minutes of searching, here's the closest thing to an answer that I found:
"The computing continuum is Intel's vision of delivering a smarter, more secure, and always-connected computing experience that spans a range of device segments - including laptops, cars, smartphones and smart TVs - and the Internet data centers to which they connect."

I don't understand how that's a feature of entertainment focused tablets, but it sure makes me want to slap the sh__ out of some people in Intel's marketing department.

Well, read that and think about it. It would a universal interface to be able to talk to and interact with the same tech in vehicles (music, video, etc.), kitchens, phones... you name it. It's combining security with media features.

Amodin said,
Well, read that and think about it. It would a universal interface to be able to talk to and interact with the same tech in vehicles (music, video, etc.), kitchens, phones... you name it. It's combining security with media features.

Still not a concrete feature that belongs on that chart. And since when does Intel provide (what sounds like you're suggesting) UI? They're foremost a hardware company. It sounds to me more like the same chips can be used in multiple form factor applications. Big deal- that's not an entertainment feature.

Why you cannot compare this with the iPad is because of what it is...a PC. Trust me, that's a good thing, you will be running Windows, which means, you will still get to use your existing library of applications, so compatibility is a win there. Also, you will get to run a new breed of applications based on Metro. You will have a convenient UI (Metro again) that makes working and using a Tablet on the go much easier. When you want to hook it up to a large display and do some stationary work you have that option too. So, Windows 8 Tablets offer flexibility and compatibility.

Lowest end W8 tablets should sell for £199 with the most expensive @ £499...would ruin Apple...(prob never happen though)... it would make HUGE numbers of iPad users migrate I think.

How odd would it be to see tablets with Microsoft products selling for more than those from Apple? What a role reversal lol They need to be less than the iPad but I can see them using the excuse that it's a full PC to get away with charging more.

dogmai79 said,
How odd would it be to see tablets with Microsoft products selling for more than those from Apple? What a role reversal lol They need to be less than the iPad but I can see them using the excuse that it's a full PC to get away with charging more.

I'm guessing Microsoft has developed Windows on ARM to target the low-cost group. Windows on ARM devices will probably use the same type of components as the iPad - the only thing manufacturers lack is the economies of scale that Apple has, but they could probably compensate for that by a lower profit margin.

But then I'm not sure, Apple probably has loads of negotiation power with part manufacturers, something that most other smaller vendors don't (unless you are Samsung who can practically make most parts of a tablet themselves).

On the x86 side, Intel does have control the prices of its chips, and x86 tablets would likely have more parts (cooling fan, etc.) so I'm not sure it's possible to undercut the iPad with x86 tablets even if manufacturers are willing to sacrifice profits. At least not for the lowest-priced iPad - I believe Apple's profit margin increases with the higher-end iPads considering that more Flash memory and 3G/4G radios don't cost anywhere near the premium that Apple charges. But then again, I've not read up about the new Intel Clover Trail Atoms, it is possible Intel delivers the chip in a convenient form for vendors to quickly build a tablet upon, and sells them cheaply.

Edited by Kai Y, Apr 13 2012, 3:57pm :

dogmai79 said,
How odd would it be to see tablets with Microsoft products selling for more than those from Apple? What a role reversal lol They need to be less than the iPad but I can see them using the excuse that it's a full PC to get away with charging more.

I won't think its odd if it costs more. I think it would be odd if it cost more and out sold the iPad. It will have and do just about everything a PC can do. Of course I can't imagine someone using it for editing HD video. And it should have hundreds of peripherals too.

What do people really use their tablets for? I can browse the internet. Check email. play app games. Read ebooks. All with my $200.00 Kindle Fire. and with my Amazon Prime account the amount of content is greatly increased. $400+ for a tablet seems a little too steep for me.

goofyinthehead said,
What do people really use their tablets for? I can browse the internet. Check email. play app games. Read ebooks. All with my $200.00 Kindle Fire. and with my Amazon Prime account the amount of content is greatly increased. $400+ for a tablet seems a little too steep for me.

Then get a Windows on ARM tablet. It'll do all that for a reasonable price.

Jose_49 said,

Fixed

Why more? They won't support existing windows apps. So at this point the kindle fire supports more apps than an arm windows 8 tablet will.

goofyinthehead said,
What do people really use their tablets for? I can browse the internet. Check email. play app games. Read ebooks. All with my $200.00 Kindle Fire. and with my Amazon Prime account the amount of content is greatly increased. $400+ for a tablet seems a little too steep for me.

Tablets are expensive depending on the hardware. If they have a good processor, memory, SSD storage, etc. Sure the hardware on a laptop can be cheaper but try compacting a laptop to a really small size. That is where the cost comes in. Imagine if you could fly in an aircraft that is just slightly bigger than a large luxury chair and it rides as smooth as a full size aircraft with turbulence etc., and yet has a person serving you. It is not going to happen or will be expensive as hell.

wow!!!.. great to see a 9+battery thingy there.. MY BIGGEST concern with x86 tablets..

This is gonna be great!!!! I might end up getting a tablet later in the year if I cant find a good touch ultrabook …

Ambroos said,
As long as these x86 tablets have support for "desktop" apps they might work.
they will, all x86 tablets/slates have to support desktop apps/desktop mode

Ambroos said,
As long as these x86 tablets have support for "desktop" apps they might work.

Yeah because Windows XP, Vista and 7 showed us what a success desktop apps on a tablet were. People just flocked to the stores to get one! /s

.Neo said,

Yeah because Windows XP, Vista and 7 showed us what a success desktop apps on a tablet were. People just flocked to the stores to get one! /s

I think you are missing the point, you can use the metro style easily while used as a tablet but then you can dock the tablet and a mouse and keyboard and use it as a laptop/desktop.
it really just comes down to convenience.

.Neo said,

Yeah because Windows XP, Vista and 7 showed us what a success desktop apps on a tablet were. People just flocked to the stores to get one! /s

Not sure what your point is? The Windows tablets still sold better than the Air...

tuneslover said,

I will buy one if they can give Core i5 standard fanless processor within 9mm thickness.

i5 and fanless might be pushing it unless they really underclock it. for me a little fan that you cant hear unless gaming is fine

calimike said,

< $399-$499 and I'm gonna buy it.


Honestly dude, you're crazy. These machines can be docked and be full computers. If you're wanting to spend that little just go ahead and buy an ARM version. My Samsung Slate was pricey. If I could have it in the 700-800 range... it would be an absolute steal.

MrHumpty said,

Honestly dude, you're crazy. These machines can be docked and be full computers. If you're wanting to spend that little just go ahead and buy an ARM version. My Samsung Slate was pricey. If I could have it in the 700-800 range... it would be an absolute steal.

The problem is that all that really matters is the applications. Sure, you can run legacy x86 Windows applications, but I am not sure if anyone will care. Honestly to remain competitive Microsoft needs to look at pricing the ARM versions of their tablets with that of the Kindle Fire and the full x86 with a mid-range iPad.

dafin0 said,
i5 and fanless might be pushing it unless they really underclock it. for me a little fan that you cant hear unless gaming is fine

That's fine for me too if I can play PC version of GTA4.