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Windows 8 Hybrid Devices Could Exceed iPad Battery Life

If the killer feature is always on-computing, Intel's hardware platform could deliver the tools to slaughter Apple's dominating iPad.

Intel is preparing the new platform, which promises hybrid notebook/tablet devices with more than nine hours of battery life, about 30 days of standby, a weight of less than 1.5 pounds and form factors that are less than 9 mm thin. Since a combination of notebook and tablet, and a combination of so-called lean-forward and lean-back devices (which refers to the usage model), is the strategy of traditional computer makers to take on and evolve the success of Apple's iPad, Clover Trail is shaping up as a compelling product that is described in this InformationWeek article as the rope that will strangle the iPad as well as current cloud systems such as Google's Chromebook. The key advantage is that Clover Trail systems do not have to be powered down, but can simply remain in standby mode and are, as a result, as close to an instant-on computing experience than your average cell phone.

The prediction that Clover Trail alone will trump the iPad may be a bit bold at this time as we have learned that tablets have transformed our expectations in hardware and heavily rely on a platform experience to be able to sell. Clover Trail looks good on paper, but will have to translate to convincing and attractive systems to live up to its promise and challenge Apple's dominant horse.

  • A Bad Day
    What hardware are they putting into those devices? Because they have to be pretty darn efficient because 1.5lb doesn't leave much battery capacity.
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  • kcorp2003
    it does sound nice. i want a tablet myself but waiting for win8 release.
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  • huntx23
    That must be a really thin but large battery or they have very very efficient components
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  • Kamab
    The most power consuming item in a tablet is the LCD. Even if the processor was twice as efficient that wouldn't translate to 2x battery life.
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  • huntx23
    true which makes these stats even more baffling
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  • pedro_mann
    "Windows 8 Hybrid Devices Could Exceed iPad Battery Life"

    Yeah because instead of listening to consumers, they ripped out all the code for the desktop that we like so much (and are ergonomically adjusted too). Didn't know that their iPad killer, needed to be a PC and enterprise killer as well. Way to blow it, MS.

    Of course, a smarter design decision would be to let us decide which interface we like. Metro or Aero could be defaulted based on hardware detection of touch interface. Of course, letting us switch on the fly. But, no, they are gonna bet the farm on forcing us all into their retarded app store. This ain't gonna work on the desktop or business use. Not forced anyhow.

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  • chuckydb
    Damn title...
    I tought they were about to talk about android/Win 8 tablet....
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  • Spanky Deluxe
    This is all good and well... until Apple releases the iPad 4 with increased battery life. It's a shame companies keep looking to emulate or match Apple's design and technical achievements instead of doing their own thing and excelling at that instead.
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  • Shin-san
    If the tablet is x86, it might be able to run old Windows applications. That would make Windows 8 on tablet very deadly
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  • TheBigTroll
    intel is probably doing this by using its 22nm process or 32nm. or, to get even more battery, just put a little solar panel on the bezel of the tablet or the back.
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