Intel Reveals Hardware Specs List for Windows 8 Tablets

CNET reports that Intel sported a list of specs for a Windows 8 tablet during IDF 2012 Beijing. It included a dual-core Atom Z2760 "Clover Trail" SoC capable of "burst mode" which provides quick bursts of performance when needed. The SoC will also feature HyperThreading which will allow the dual-core SoC to handle four threads.

Based on the spec list, Intel is seemingly trying to set a standard hardware set definition much like it did with the Ultrabook form factor. Except here Intel is pushing for two tablet sizes: one measuring 10-inches, and another containing a 11-inch screen and a physical keyboard.

On a basic level, the tablets will feature 9+ hours of battery life, 3G/4G connectivity, connected standby mode, a thickness of less than 9-mm and a weight of less than 1.5 pounds. A full battery charge should also last around 30 days if the tablet remains in standby mode.

On the entertainment and gaming front, the tablets will support Intel Wireless Display, Advanced Imaging, Intel Insider, Compute Continuum, Wi Fi Direct and NFC technology. On the business front, it will have backward app compatibility, domain join, encryption and security and manageability features.

Tablets based on Intel's spec list are expected to ship with the sparkly new Windows 8 once the OS goes retail later this year. The trick for manufacturers will be how to stand out against the competition using the same list of specs. Yet if they can do it with Ultrabooks, they can do it with tablets. As CNET states, "Intel is pretty adept at getting its satellite of customers and partners to make things happen."

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  • bigdragonI'm a digital artist and developer on the go. I don't like Intel's specs at all. I really hope manufacturers buck Intel's desired definition of what a tablet should be and bring us more devices like the Asus EP121. Of all the tablets I have used that has been my favorite. The Atom-based tablets have been miserable failures. They're simply too slow to get any real work done with them.I want to buy a 10 to 13 inch tablet with a Wacom digitizer and a CPU that is at least twice as strong as an Atom. The only thing at this point that would make the EP121 better is if it had AMD or Nvidia graphics inside. I'm sure Intel doesn't want anyone building the device I want to buy because it would eat into Ultrabook sales. What a shame.


    Exactally how many Atom based tablets have you had your hands on again? Last I checked there have only been a few released all with Windows 7. The tablet you are talking about has a mobile CPU in it and gets about 3 hours of battery life. Its nice for the better performance, but whats the point if you have to stop and charge it so soon?

    The specs look like a normal tablet to me and 9+ hours of battery life is great for a full dual core.

    From the info on Intels smartphone Atom, it is a better performer than the chip in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and its a single core vs a dual core while giving the same battery life.

    I say wait till this is actually out instead of pre-judging. I think Intel could bring some fierce competition so that the ARM based manufactures start pushing out reall powerfull chips instead of a handful of weak ones. Especially considering Intels process advantage.
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  • jimmysmittyExactally how many Atom based tablets have you had your hands on again? Last I checked there have only been a few released all with Windows 7. The tablet you are talking about has a mobile CPU in it and gets about 3 hours of battery life. Its nice for the better performance, but whats the point if you have to stop and charge it so soon?The specs look like a normal tablet to me and 9+ hours of battery life is great for a full dual core.From the info on Intels smartphone Atom, it is a better performer than the chip in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and its a single core vs a dual core while giving the same battery life.I say wait till this is actually out instead of pre-judging. I think Intel could bring some fierce competition so that the ARM based manufactures start pushing out reall powerfull chips instead of a handful of weak ones. Especially considering Intels process advantage.

    How many tablets? Many. Fujitsu Q550, HP Slate, Lenovo S10, and a couple more. I have to evaluate these things for their applicability for the work environment given the current tablet fad. I was quite fond of the Samsung Series 7, but its reduced screen resolution vs the Asus EP121 was a real downer. When you look at it objectively the mobile i5 reduced battery life is an acceptable tradeoff against the Atom for dramatically higher performance, more screen resolution, and a digitizer that doesn't lag. 3 hours is pretty good compared to the stuff we used to have that got 1 or 1.5 hours. I'm really not all that concerned that an EP121 doesn't stay powered as long as a Kindle. It's good enough. At least I don't have to wait 5 seconds for the junky Atom-based Q550 and its digitizer to decide how to draw the line I just drew.

    I'm not going to comment on phones and ARM and such. My goal is to raise an alarm bell that Intel wants to dumb down Windows 8 tablets into an arena dominated by the iPad and Android tabs. I want a powerful tablet for drawing, sculpting, and even scripting on the go. I want to use it for business and pleasure. Intel and Microsoft seem to want to position their tablets for media consumption. I can browse Facebook just fine on my phone and watch movies just fine on my Smart TV. Let's not forget about the high-end tablet niche the EP121 has dominated over the past year. I want to see a Windows 8 replacement. This article tells me we may not see such a thing because it competes with the Ultrabook.
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  • huskerYou are not the target consumer for this device. If you are looking for a device for use in developing content on a professional level, then for the sake of your customers please use a dedicated PC or laptop.

    You should see peoples' faces light up when I bring out the EP121. Everyone asks me if it's the new iPad. I politely answer no while Photoshop or Blender loads. There is no way I would ever trade that for lugging around a desktop or a conventional laptop with its permanently-attached keyboard.
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  • I'm a digital artist and developer on the go. I don't like Intel's specs at all. I really hope manufacturers buck Intel's desired definition of what a tablet should be and bring us more devices like the Asus EP121. Of all the tablets I have used that has been my favorite. The Atom-based tablets have been miserable failures. They're simply too slow to get any real work done with them.

    I want to buy a 10 to 13 inch tablet with a Wacom digitizer and a CPU that is at least twice as strong as an Atom. The only thing at this point that would make the EP121 better is if it had AMD or Nvidia graphics inside. I'm sure Intel doesn't want anyone building the device I want to buy because it would eat into Ultrabook sales. What a shame.
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  • bigdragonI'm a digital artist and developer on the go. I don't like Intel's specs at all. I really hope manufacturers buck Intel's desired definition of what a tablet should be and bring us more devices like the Asus EP121. Of all the tablets I have used that has been my favorite. The Atom-based tablets have been miserable failures. They're simply too slow to get any real work done with them.I want to buy a 10 to 13 inch tablet with a Wacom digitizer and a CPU that is at least twice as strong as an Atom. The only thing at this point that would make the EP121 better is if it had AMD or Nvidia graphics inside. I'm sure Intel doesn't want anyone building the device I want to buy because it would eat into Ultrabook sales. What a shame.


    Exactally how many Atom based tablets have you had your hands on again? Last I checked there have only been a few released all with Windows 7. The tablet you are talking about has a mobile CPU in it and gets about 3 hours of battery life. Its nice for the better performance, but whats the point if you have to stop and charge it so soon?

    The specs look like a normal tablet to me and 9+ hours of battery life is great for a full dual core.

    From the info on Intels smartphone Atom, it is a better performer than the chip in the Samsung Galaxy S II, and its a single core vs a dual core while giving the same battery life.

    I say wait till this is actually out instead of pre-judging. I think Intel could bring some fierce competition so that the ARM based manufactures start pushing out reall powerfull chips instead of a handful of weak ones. Especially considering Intels process advantage.
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  • ... it is down hill from here for MS and Intel... c'mon... if i wanna a tablet, i buy android or iOS ones... MS and Intel stick to what you do best... i don't say, that they don't need to explore the opportunities... but... don't try to shove down the troat half backed things, because iOS ans android is popular...
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