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Microsoft reveals hardware requirements for Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft had announced the hardware specifications for Windows 8 tablets back in December. However the 293 page long guide failed to draw attention of the techies worldwide until yesterday when Within Windows pointed out a few important specifications. All Windows 8 tablets or convertible PCs (laptop-tablet hybrids) must have 5 hardware buttons: power, rotation lock, volume up, volume down and a Windows key. All device should also support a minimum of 5 touch points at a time. Hit the break to continue reading…

  • All tablets should feature WLAN, at least one USB 2.0 port, a gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a magnetometer.
  • The screen resolution for any tablet will be 1366×768.
  • Windows 8 tablets should support camera with a minimum resolution of 720p.
  • Only Intel-compatible Windows 8 devices will feature a 2-second resume, which means ARM-based tablets will take a little longer than that.
  • Microsoft requires that Windows 8 tablets with NFC technology should have “touch marks” which will give users a fair idea about the location of the sensor. In short, it will avoid the clashing of devices.
  • Windows key + Power key will now perform the function of Ctrl + Alt + Del for tablets without physical keyboards.

We found most of the requirements pretty decent. However the fact that you won’t be able to deactivate the secure boot feature on all ARM-based tablets is quite a downer. This will definitely give a set back to those who like to run alternate operating systems on their devices.