At Beijing conference, Intel outlines what it wants and what specs for Windows 8 tablets should be a minimum
As Windows 8 approaches, Intel suggest requirements for Windows 8 tablets in the future
(Image: Intel tablet features outlined)
You can guarantee Microsoft will be making a big push with Windows 8 tablets later this year. The company has taken a lot of time to refine Metro and make it as user friendly as possible, along with rolling it out across all of its services. Tablets will represent the next big leap for the company, and Intel are suggesting what they want.
At a conference in Beijing, Intel is outlining specific specifications. I’m not surprised they’ve done this, but I do suspect that Microsoft will outline their own specifications. After all, the company has done the same for Windows Phone 7 to ensure some degree of control.
Inside, Intel will be using a Clover Trail Atom Z2760 chip, a dual-core chip capable of a “burst mode” feature that offers moments of performance when needed. The chip also offers Hyperthreading, allowing the dual-core chip to behave like a quad-core chip in some cases. Intel has also outlined some of its specs.
Two basic tablet designs: Intel proposes two tablet designs, 10-inch tablets and 11-inch hybrid tablet designs with physical keyboards. In my opinion that latter could be a big hit on Windows 8 due to the two-sided OS, something that iOS doesn’t have and doesn’t need to have. But that means business users might switch to Windows 8, favouring increased functionality over less developer support (at least initially).
Battery life: the company says more than nine hours. It remains to be seen how real world testing reflects on that estimate, but good battery life is needed if Microsoft are to be competitive. Apple can manage around ten with an astonishingly good screen.
3G/4G: Intel bought the wireless company Infineon, so Intel is equipped to offers its own silicon. It’ll be interesting to see how big a push Microsoft make towards 4G initially. My guess is there might be one device with 4G capabilities.
Weight/thickness: Under 1.5 pounds. The new iPad weighs 1.44 pounds, so aiming for that target is a good idea.
Miscellaneous: Near Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi Direct, which allows Wi-Fi devices to connect to each other without a wireless access point.