Intel details specifications for Windows 8 tablets: Report
With the consumer release of Windows 8 only months away, Intel has released technical specifications for Intel powered Windows 8 tablets. According to CNET, Intel is saying Windows 8 tablets will run on Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chips, which will be dual-core capable with “burst mode” (for quick bursts of performance when needed) and will have Hyperthreading enabled.
There will be two basic designs. A 10-inch basic tablet design and 11-inch hybrid design with support for physical keyboards. These 11-inch tablets could either be like the Samsung reference design tablet Microsoft was giving away at BUILD for the developer preview of Windows 8 or could perhaps be more like say an Asus Transformer Prime. The company is even saying these devices in terms of form factors will be slimmer than the new iPad at under 9-mm slenderness and ultra-light weight at under 0.68-kg.
Intel boldly claims that these tablets will have more than nine hours of battery life. This, of course, is a claim that has not been tested. Historically, Intel chips have always been behind the curve in terms of battery life when compared to ARM chips. Another point to note is that Intel has claimed similar miracles for its Ultrabooks, but neither has managed to beat the MacBook Air in terms of battery life.
For wireless communications, these tablets will have 3G/4G chips. These should be integrated solutions as Intel recently bought wireless chip maker Infineon. Other miscellaneous features included in these tablets will be NFC and Wi-Fi direct.