Intel reveals Windows 8 tablets
Chip giant Intel takes on the iPad with its upcoming Windows 8 tablets.
Intel give us a glimpse of what to expect from Windows 8 tablets
Got yourself an iPad or Android tablet yet? If you’re yet to join the tablet revolution then there’s no more interesting a time to be thinking about getting a touchscreen slate.
Intel has unveiled new details on its eagerly anticipated range of Windows 8 tablets, ahead of a conference later this week.
The details aren’t exactly a surprise: according to report at Wired, there are 10- and 11-inch tablets planned, both with dual-core Intel Atom processors and a range of connectivity options.
The target is to make them ultra-thin and lighter than iPad 3, with a weight of less than 680g and 8.9mm deep. The 11-inch models will, apparently, come with a physical keyboard and all should have a battery life in excess of 9 hours.
The key difference between these and existing tablets is that they’ll be running Windows 8 – and because they have an Atom chip inside, will be able to run both Microsoft’s mobile apps and all your favourite desktop applications more or less as well as a current netbook can.
Of course, with Windows 8 not slated (pardon the pun) to launch until the autumn, there’s still time for more designs to emerge. One of the key differences between Windows 8 and Android or iOS is that there will be two versions depending on what processor is inside. As well as Intel chips, which are like the ones in current Windows PCs,
Windows 8 will also run on the same smartphone processors as iPads and Android tablets – and Intel’s specs leaked today won’t apply to those. Expect to see some exciting new announcements over the summer.
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