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Microsoft Shows Off New Quad-core Tablet

By - Source: ZDNet | B 44 comments

Move over, dual-core Galaxy Tab. Microsoft's got a quad-core tablet in its arsenal.

Microsoft is currently holding its TechEd conference in New Zealand and where there's a conference there's usually a whiff of upcoming products, too. TechEd hasn't disappointed us, either, as Redmond this week gave attendees a sneak peek at an upcoming Windows tablet that's packing a quad-core processor.

ZDNet reports that during the company's “Windows device session,” Microsoft Enterprise Strategist Jeff Johnson talked about the company’s tablet strategy and offered those in the audience a glimpse of two upcoming Windows tablets. The second tablet is said to have been thicker than the first and boasted a removable battery, but that's not really much to go on. The first tablet, however, Johnson described as a quad-core Windows slate that the company plans to announce at an upcoming Microsoft event. He didn't say much else, but it was enough to set tongues wagging.

This event Johnson is referring to is thought to be Redmond's BUILD conference set for next month and the device in question is believed to be a Windows 8 device. There's also rumors that Microsoft will be giving units away to paying attendees at BUILD so they could develop apps for Windows 8. September is just around the corner, so stay tuned!

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    omac1a , August 27, 2011 4:24 PM
    And look what happened to XBOX...
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    jblack , August 27, 2011 4:20 PM
    Tegra 3 is supposed to be Quad-core. It comes out before the end of the year. I wonder if this is Tegra 3.
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    jblack , August 27, 2011 4:20 PM
    Tegra 3 is supposed to be Quad-core. It comes out before the end of the year. I wonder if this is Tegra 3.
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    omac1a , August 27, 2011 4:24 PM
    And look what happened to XBOX...
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    legacy7955 , August 27, 2011 4:50 PM
    I hope you are not the same people posting that claim HP should dump their hardware PC business to focus mostly on software
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    Korn007 , August 27, 2011 5:27 PM
    Yea why would microsoft get into hardware its not like they havent made billions on the xbox 360. Next time Darkk think before you speak bro it doesnt make you look like an ass.
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    southernshark , August 27, 2011 5:28 PM
    I think it is great. I have been holding out for a Windows 8 tablet, so this is good news. As for Microsoft making its own tablet... I am a little mixed about that, but then again we don't know all the details either. I do know that I am excited about this and when the 2nd generation comes out, I will probably buy one... :D 
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    phatboe , August 27, 2011 5:35 PM
    DarkkMicrosoft is a software company so why they insist on making hardware? Look what happened with the Zune.

    MS won't be making any Tablet hardware. They are showing off hardware to promote their upcoming Win8 OS.
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    geof2001 , August 27, 2011 5:44 PM
    Whats with that lip edge. It's ugly unless he's holding it up comparing to an ipad for size reference or something.
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    techseven , August 27, 2011 6:10 PM
    Microsoft will "energize" the tablet for real this time ;) 
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    ikyung , August 27, 2011 6:37 PM
    jblackTegra 3 is supposed to be Quad-core. It comes out before the end of the year. I wonder if this is Tegra 3.

    I heard the ASUS tablet will be the first tablet to use Tegra 3 this year. So I'm not sure.
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    n8dogg , August 27, 2011 6:45 PM
    yup Transformer 2 is due out in November
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    Archean , August 27, 2011 6:49 PM
    Intriguing, anyway I wonder what sort of performance and battery life this beast will offer.
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    memadmax , August 27, 2011 7:24 PM
    If anyone can make a tablet into a real desktop replacement, microsoft can....

    Apple is like the french and too in love with its own image in the mirror...
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    damianrobertjones , August 27, 2011 7:46 PM
    memadmaxIf anyone can make a tablet into a real desktop replacement, microsoft can....


    Asus EP121
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , August 27, 2011 8:13 PM
    That will be a good one,a quad core tablet. Can hardly wait to see some write ups of it.
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    anony2004 , August 27, 2011 9:12 PM
    I have been putting off buying a tablet for so long now, I guess a Quad Core and especially Microsoft Windows tablet would be the perfect one to buy...!
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    Muffinthundergrunt , August 27, 2011 9:24 PM
    I'm not really a tablet guy but I have played around with some friends, so don't shoot me for asking, but is processing power really a limiting factor in tablet development?
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2011 9:39 PM
    Why would anyone want a quadcore tablet? They mostly do one thing at a time. I can understand dual core, that makes a lot of sense. But quad core just seems dumb. 2 faster cores > 4 slow cores on such a platform.

    At least until general apps become more threaded. Which still hasn't happened.
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    TEAMSWITCHER , August 27, 2011 9:41 PM
    I think that Microsoft has finally gone completely to crap. If they have a tablet that is any good, any good at all....bring it. Actually SHOW it to someone, or better yet, let people run some software, benchmark it, and test the battery life. And most importantly get people to actually buy it. All I see here is another "Me Too...Someday" Microsoft product, just like the Zune and WP7, and Windows 8. This is becoming a real issue with Microsoft. People are adopting new technology faster than they can knock it off, and by the time they do and then get it right, it's too little and too late. Hate Apple all you want, but they have one huge advantage over Microsoft, a tablet computer that has has gotten great reviews, and is actually for sale today. Until Microsoft can say the same, I'm not even a little bit interested....
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    AnUnusedUsername , August 27, 2011 10:02 PM
    DarkkMicrosoft is a software company so why they insist on making hardware? Look what happened with the Zune.


    What's wrong with the Zune? It's significantly cheaper than an equivalent iPod, doesn't require you to use iTunes, and has a better screen and similar if not better battery life. Sure, it didn't sell very well, but that's because Apple has brand-power, not because the Zune was a bad product.


    Honestly though, I don't see the point of bothering to make a tablet. Everyone thought the iPad concept was simply worthless when it was announced, I don't understand why that changed. They're just a useless product category, priced higher than a laptop with less usability and power. The only thing tablets are effective for is internet browsing. So until a company makes one that's cheaper than a better device, there's no point. A tablet at around $50 that does nothing but run a web browser would be great. A tablet at $500 that also does nothing but run a trimmed-down web browser and has expensive hardware that isn't required for that task is useless.
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