Intel-Featured Windows 8 Tablets PCs Landing in November
Tablets running on Windows 8 and Intel hardware will start to be available come November this year.
Half of these Windows 8 tablets will have convertible and unconventional designs that will enable users to switch between a laptop and a tablet. Intel had already previewed one of these designs which they called Nikikski, a device with a transparent touchpad, during CES in January.
The Windows 8 tablets with Intel hardware will have an Atom Clover Trail processor, which Intel is pushing for mobile devices against ARM. Intel Clover Trail is based partly on a single core Medfield CPU with a 32 nm manufacturing process, which was demoed in this year’s CES in a Lenovo phone.
However, Intel has upped the ante by making it dual-core, ensuring faster computing speeds for the new Windows 8 tablets. As compared with Ivy Bridge processors, Clover Trail uses less power. Allegedly in the works also at Intel is a new CPU called Intel Bay Trail, which will have a 22 nm process with 3G and 4G capability .
Meanwhile, Windows is also debuting a Windows-based tablet with an ARM processor, Intel’s fiercest competitor in the mobile niche, as many portable devices now run on ARM.