Intel is on an announcement spree at its Computex press conference in Taipei. Engadget is reporting that Intel has teased a fanless Haswell powered tablet, which could have major ramifications in a mobile environment, in terms of performance and battery life. Also Read - Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit with space for a 12-inch GPU launched: Price, specs
Currently, we have seen fanless Windows 8 tablets that are based on the less powerful CloverTrail processors, which are basically the low power Atom chipsets that compete with ARM based chipsets made by Qualcomm, Nvidia and Samsung. Also Read - Airtel partners with Intel for its 5G network development: Details here
But we are yet to see the type of processing power Intel’s more powerful UltraBook class processors have in a super slim tablet form factor because of the presence of the fan. A fan is necessary to dissipate the heat generated by the processor, and if Intel has found a work around with the new Haswell architecture then we could not only see super slim Windows 8 based tablets, but also tablets that compete with the iPad in terms of battery life. Also Read - Intel exec reveals mobile gamers want to shift to PCs; pandemic accelerated the process
Currently, the Microsoft Surface Pro is powered by the previous generation Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 chip, but this tablet is 13mm thick and only delivers around 4 hours of battery life.
Already, Intel is touting massive battery life gains with Haswell over Ivy Bridge and a fanless Haswell chipset will only improve that further whilst giving the tablet a massive performance advantage over an ARM based device.