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Windows 8 Includes Tablet Hardware Requirements

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Microsoft has released the minimum hardware requirements for tablets using Windows 8.

Microsoft's own batch of "Windows 8 Hardware Certification Requirements" documents, released last month, reveal that the company is providing minimum hardware requirements for x86, x64 and ARM-based tablets running the upcoming Windows 8 OS. Devices will need at least 10 GB of free space, a 1366 x 768 screen resolution, Bluetooth 4.0 + LTE, a 720p camera and more.

The requirements are part of a 293-page "Windows Hardware Certification Requirements" document for client and server systems, covering aspects ranging from pen- and touch-based digitizers to WiFi Direct to power management. Starting on page 72, Microsoft begins to set the foundation for tablets, defining bezel width, boot latency, required hardware buttons and required components.

According to the document, a Windows 8 tablet must feature a power button, a rotation lock, a Windows key button measuring at least 10.5-mm in diameter, volume up and volume down buttons. "The default orientation is in landscape mode and the Windows Key button must be on the front of the device facing the end user in the center along the bottom bezel," Microsoft says. "If the system is a convertible, the buttons must be accessible in all configurations. For convertible systems, it is acceptable to have the button off center along the bottom bezel when the convertible is in its tablet mode. "

As for other specs, the tablet must support a minimum of 5 touch-based inputs. It must also feature WLAN, at least one USB 2.0 controller and exposed port, a gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, and a magnetometer. The bezel itself must not exceed 26-mm "to allow for users with smaller hands to access the edges while holding the device with two hands." However tablet convertibles with a hinge can have a bezel measuring more than the 26-mm limit -- up to 45-mm along the bottom edge closest to the hinge.

For more information, take a look at Microsoft's 2.13 MB PDF -- it's the first download labeled as "Windows 8 System Requirements" (windows8-hardware-cert-requirements-system.pdf) listed here.

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    grizzlebee , January 17, 2012 10:22 PM
    Every time there is a Windows 8 article there are so many stupid comments.

    It's been a long time since 10GB was alot of space for me. I have games that take up more than 10GB of space. Even phones come with more than 10GB of memory.

    Having a requirement of 10GB does not mean installing it uses that much space.
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    fancarolina , January 17, 2012 9:12 PM
    They are requiring LTE? Does this mean there are no WiFi only versions?
    Going to lose sales if you try to make all of these mobile broadband only. I won't buy one with LTE or 3G or any crap like that, even Apple offers a WiFi version of the iPad.
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    fyasko , January 17, 2012 9:15 PM
    dirtyferretcan anyone recall a win OS with so little demand by the public as win 8?


    can anyone recall a time when there were so many good/great OS alternatives to windows? with all the linux distros, droid, iOS/OSX... people weren't going to wait around forever just to use a full blown windows OS on their phone/tablet.

    Win8 will be a game changer in that people will be able to do office tasks on their mobile/tablet. just saying it will carve out a nice niche in the "mobile OS pie".
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    dragonsqrrl , January 17, 2012 9:21 PM
    dirtyferretcan anyone recall a win OS with so little demand by the public as win 8?

    Prior to launch? Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP...
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    zanny , January 17, 2012 9:29 PM
    Yay for a 10 gigabyte bloated OS thats meant to go on 30 - 60 gb ssds.
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    Haserath , January 17, 2012 9:33 PM
    fyaskocan anyone recall a time when there were so many good/great OS alternatives to windows? with all the linux distros, droid, iOS/OSX... people weren't going to wait around forever just to use a full blown windows OS on their phone/tablet. Win8 will be a game changer in that people will be able to do office tasks on their mobile/tablet. just saying it will carve out a nice niche in the "mobile OS pie".

    Anything productive on a tablet requires a keyboard. Once you have a keyboard with the tab, what is the point of the tablet over a laptop? The hardware being slow compared to even an atom based laptop sucks as well.

    Might as well use a cheap/small laptop over a tab+keyboard if you plan on doing anything productive. Brazos based systems particularly come to mind as a better alternative to tablets with somewhat low power and high capability being a plus for Brazos.

    This is not a lash out towards you. I just don't see where Windows 8 on tablets fits into the productivity aspect. It's more like Win8 on x86 based tablets has compatibility with software if you need to view certain files or make changes, but you don't necessarily need speed.
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    p05esto , January 17, 2012 9:34 PM
    Can't wait for a Windows 8 ecosystem (PC/laptop/tablet/phone/xbox). This will be a game changer big time for Microsoft, no one else can come close to doing this. Very cool.
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    Khimera2000 , January 17, 2012 9:42 PM
    dirtyferretcan anyone recall a win OS with so little demand by the public as win 8?


    Can you name a time when Apple used there own OS??? Ill give you a hint it ends with a number below X and did not rip off the entire Linux community to keep the company alive.
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    molo9000 , January 17, 2012 10:00 PM
    Windows button on the bottom when in landscape orientation? Am I reading that wrong or is Microsoft stupid?

    ZannyYay for a 10 gigabyte bloated OS thats meant to go on 30 - 60 gb ssds.


    "Devices will need at least 10 GB of free space" is not the same as "Windows 8 is 10GB big".
    I guess Microsoft just doesn't want manufacturers selling cheap tablets with minuscule amounts of storage.
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    molo9000 , January 17, 2012 10:08 PM
    Khimera2000Can you name a time when Apple used there own OS??? Ill give you a hint it ends with a number below X and did not rip off the entire Linux community to keep the company alive.


    You obviously have no idea what Mac OS X is made off.
    There is not a single line of Linux code in Mac OS X. (The Mac OS X kernel dates back to the days of NeXTSTEP, which predates Linux by 1 or 2 years)

    Parts of Mac OS X are taken from non-Apple sources, but it's hardly the majority of the code in Mac OS X.

    btw: if anyone had "ripped off" the linux community, it's Google Android, but open source software is meant to me used.
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    magnetshowtheywork , January 17, 2012 10:20 PM
    tomala papa
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    grizzlebee , January 17, 2012 10:22 PM
    Every time there is a Windows 8 article there are so many stupid comments.

    It's been a long time since 10GB was alot of space for me. I have games that take up more than 10GB of space. Even phones come with more than 10GB of memory.

    Having a requirement of 10GB does not mean installing it uses that much space.
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    math1337 , January 17, 2012 10:26 PM
    Nobody cares about ARM Windows 8. No idiot would think to buy one of those. Metro only=no work.
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    vilenjan , January 17, 2012 10:49 PM
    I think Win8 arm if done right, can bring back netbooks in to a useful light. Imagine a 10.1 inch 720p netbook with Nvidia Tegra3, 2gb ram, a 64gb SSD running Win8.

    You get an ultra slim netbook that will (hopefully) run 90% of the application non-arm windows can, yet it will totally silent (passively cooled), be speedy enough to multi-taks, and have a 12+ hours of moderate usage on a 3 cell 2200mAH battery.
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    captaincharisma , January 17, 2012 10:51 PM
    ahh yes all the linux fanboi's out in full force on here. too bad for them ubuntu will never be as good as any version of windows.
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    alidan , January 17, 2012 10:53 PM
    freggo"Windows 8 OS. Devices will need at least 10 GB"10GB... is anyone at Microsoft actually reading this ?We all know that the US population has an obesity problem; but has anyone noticed that this also extends to Windows ?10GB is not 'bloatware' anymore. That's a serious health issue for an OS.No wonder Windows is so insecure as it is virtually impossible to patch all the holes hiding in this piece of FatCode (TM) before Windows 9 is released.



    on a full desktop, 10gb isnt bloat, im assuming mainly to built in drivers to make evrything just work right out of the box in most cases. but mobile... the arm version should be no more than 1-2gb, and the x86, i hate to say it, should be quite a bit more, but not 10gb.

    assuming you put out drivers for everything, and if you are anticipating only the tablets (true tablets not laptops with a touch screen) than even that shouldn't be as big of an os as 10gb... especially in an area where 8gb-16gb is the standard.

    grizzlebeeEvery time there is a Windows 8 article there are so many stupid comments.It's been a long time since 10GB was alot of space for me. I have games that take up more than 10GB of space. Even phones come with more than 10GB of memory. Having a requirement of 10GB does not mean installing it uses that much space.


    considering that ios and android are both under 1gb, and i believe under 500mb, something 10-20 times bigger than them, is HUGE, and unless you are willing to shell out an extra 150-200$ for a 32-64gb device that will be dated in 2 years, than yea 10gb is a crap ton of space.
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    winie , January 17, 2012 10:59 PM
    fancarolinaThey are requiring LTE? Does this mean there are no WiFi only versions?Going to lose sales if you try to make all of these mobile broadband only. I won't buy one with LTE or 3G or any crap like that, even Apple offers a WiFi version of the iPad.


    it says wlan is a requirment
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    guardianangel42 , January 17, 2012 11:30 PM
    freggo"Windows 8 OS. Devices will need at least 10 GB"10GB... is anyone at Microsoft actually reading this ?We all know that the US population has an obesity problem; but has anyone noticed that this also extends to Windows ?10GB is not 'bloatware' anymore. That's a serious health issue for an OS.No wonder Windows is so insecure as it is virtually impossible to patch all the holes hiding in this piece of FatCode (TM) before Windows 9 is released.


    Please, please, PLEASE tell me you aren't running Windows 7 on your desktop right now. Please.

    That OS has a requirement of a minimum of 16GB of storage space. This is actually a significant improvement.

    Sure this requirement is atypical for TABLET OSs but all this means is that it could push hardware vendors to develop, switch to, or in some way change their current storage setup to accommodate this. Whether that means installing hybrid drives, full on hard drives, or switching to a cheaper solid state technology it doesn't really matter.

    I for one think that's a good thing.
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    math1337 , January 17, 2012 11:43 PM
    vilenjan... will (hopefully) run 90% of the application non-arm windows can...

    more like 9% of the applications non-arm windows can.
    Unless it's a full screen game or movie, I want my programs to run in a frickin WINDOW!
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