How many Windows 8 tablets is Microsoft going to be launching with exactly? Intel apparently has 20 with Clover Trail Chips
Intel Says it has 20 Windows 8 Tablets in Development That Use the new Clover Trail Chips
So are we taking bets on how many Windows 8 tablets will launch in October? No, because the software giant could be potentially launch hundreds, and Intel says it is developing 20 Clover Trail chip-based tablets.
The company said on Tuesday it’s part of a reboot for the company, as all the tablets with use the Atom Clover Trail chip – the codename at the moment – and many of the tablets are planned for release alongside Windows 8. That means October, so Intel must be a way into development.
Asus has already announced a laptop using the Clover Trail chip, the Asus Tablet 810, which has a 11.6-inch screen and will run Windows 8. Lenovo and Dell have said they’ll be releasing devices for Windows 8, with the latter probably releasing tablets considering its PC business is shrinking. That’s a lot of Windows 8 tablets potentially, which is exactly what Microsoft needs if it’s to pitch Windows 8 as a credible touch-based OS. The only doubt is whether too many tablets will confuse consumers, though having a huge amount of PCs on sales hasn’t done much damage.
Building a Competitive Tablet OS
President of Intel Mobile, Hermann Eul, said the real tablet market begins with Windows 8. He added the Clover Trail chips will offer longer better life and are aiming for consumers and businesses. Microsoft has struggled in the past to gain market share in the tablet space, especially with the rise of the iPad, but I think Windows 8 is the one OS that can present a credible alternative to iOS.
Clover Trail tablets will also be very thin – under 9 millimeters – and will weigh sub-680 grams, offering around 9 hours of battery life. The iPad offers around 10, so that’s comparable. Windows 8 is a low-resources OS as well, so battery life should drain quickly. 3G and 4G LTE will be supported, of course. Eul also said the chips have the advantage over Windows RT, or Windows ARM, which is designed for tablets, as existing apps will work.