Hybrid-Heavy Windows 8 Intel Tablet Lineup to Land in November
May 14, 2012 11:47 AM
comment(s) - last by
Tablets will be powered by dual-core 32 nm Clover Trail chip
Microsoft Corp.'s (
) Windows 8 is a hot topic. The upcoming OS is not without controversy -- some bemoan its
Metro user interface
as the death of the traditional PC. And others are troubled by allegations from the Mozilla Foundation and Google Inc. (
) claiming Microsoft denied them access to certain APIs, in an effort to
cripple their popular third-party browsers
in Metro UI.
On the other hand, many are singing praise for the upcoming platform. Windows 8 is expected to offer
support for ARM processors
, and a
host of new features
. Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is inarguably the most anticipated software launch of 2012.
I. Intel Goes Hybrid Crazy
quotes a source close to the world's largest chipmaker, Intel Corp. (
) as saying that
Windows 8 tablets
powered by its chips will ship in November. Reportedly the lineup will be heavy on hybrid form factors such as the eye catching
from Lenovo Group, Ltd. (
Apple CEO Tim Cook says hybrid tablets like the Yoga will disappoint [Image Source: Lenovo]
Apple, Inc. (
scoffed at these part-tablet-part-laptop products
. Still, interest in this unique class of devices is high.
The report cites that of the "more than a dozen designs" and "more than 50 percent" will be sporting this alternative form factor. It appears that Microsoft and Intel are hoping to use the utility of a built-in keyboard as a key differentiator to drive sales.
Intel's hybrids are expected to be slender and feature-rich. [Image Source: Intel]
The November launch Window will likely be causing Microsoft engineers more than a few extra gray hairs, given the tight development schedule for the ambitious new operating system.
The source comments, "The schedule is tight. [Look] at what Windows is trying to achieve -- not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures -- three ARM, Intel, and AMD."
(The "three ARM" part likely comes from subtle differences optimization-wise in processor from ARM chipmakers Qualcomm, Inc. (
), NVIDIA Corp. (
) and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
To compete with the
alliance of chipmakers led by ARM Holdings
, Ltd. (
) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
), Intel will be releasing a new chip -- code-named
-- specifically targeting tablet computers.
is essentially a more-powerful dual-core version of
, the 32 nm Intel Atom CPU that has
started to pop up
in a handful of smartphones by Lenovo, Lava, and other manufacturers.
gives a rough idea of what can be expected from Intel
Windows 8 tablets -- middle of the road battery life and CPU performance. "Middle of the road" is not necessarily where Intel wants to be, but it's actually much better than many expected, given its numerous power-efficiency-related delays in shipping a smartphone CPU.
And while Intel isn't yet a leader in the smartphone and tablets niche, it looks to become a serious contender for the power and performance crown in 2013
when its 22 nm die-shrink
proprietary 3D FinFET transistor
design permeate its mobile chip lineup.
Clover Trail, a dual-core 32 nm system-on-a-chip, is expected to be Intel's Windows 8 tablet processor du jour.
[Image Source: Wallpapers on the Web]
report claims that a 22 nm successor is codenamed
. The sources indicate that Intel is more focused on beating ARM in performance than battery life, commenting, "It is a gigantic performer, with similar battery life to Clover Trail. It will also have a lot of security features built in and Infineon [3G/4G] silicon inside."
Intel also hopes to crank of graphics performance. While the current generation
chips use on-die intellectual property graphics processing unit (IP-GPU) cores from the UK's Imagination Technologies Group plc (
) -- much like their ARM counterparts -- the next generation is expected to ditch the Imagination IP-GPUs in favor of a proprietary design.
Intel's crowning on-die GPU achievement to date has been its new 22 nm PC-aimed
CPU. While a bit behind AMD graphics-wise, Intel's strong power efficiency and CPU computing power help make
chip to beat in the enthusiast PC market
, though it's facing
danger from AMD
in the popular budget space.
Much like Intel's smartphone push, don't be surprised if the tablet push is a
bit softer than expected for 2012
(dual- to quad-core tablet chips) and
(single- to dual-core smartphone chips) are expected to see a much harder push from Intel, though.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Design = FAIL!
5/14/2012 3:50:34 PM
The HP tablets I have used have not shown any issues with constant use. They were used by professionals though, so there was no worry about people sitting on them or dropping them (though the two falls I saw resulted in cracked screens but not damaged pivots).
The HPs also had some really nice features (I posted them in another comment below).
"DailyTech is the best kept secret on the Internet." -- Larry Barber
Google, Mozilla: Microsoft Planning Third-Party Browser Ban for Windows 8
May 10, 2012, 12:45 PM
HP Airs $599 AMD Trinity Sleekbook, $999 Intel Ivy Bridge Ultrabook
May 9, 2012, 10:37 AM
Competent But No Clear Winner: Intel Medfield Surprises Battery Life-Wise
April 25, 2012, 3:23 PM
Apple CEO Dismisses Windows 8 Hybrids, Hopes for Settlement w/Android Device Makers
April 25, 2012, 12:37 PM
Intel Launches Ivy Bridge, Hypes Low TDP to Counter Poor Graphics
April 23, 2012, 12:45 PM
AT&T Will Also Receive the HTC One (M8) for Windows
August 19, 2014, 9:27 PM
Sharp's "Edge-to-Edge" AQUOS Crystal Smartphone Coming to Sprint for $239 Off-Contract
August 19, 2014, 7:31 PM
After 34 Years With Microsoft, Steve Ballmer Parts Way to Focus on LA Clippers
August 19, 2014, 4:17 PM
HTC One (M8) for Windows Officially Announced for Verizon Wireless
August 19, 2014, 12:15 PM
Quick Note: ASUS Readies Smartwatch for IFA 2014, Shows Teaser Image
August 19, 2014, 9:30 AM
LG Already Gearing Up for G Watch Sequel Next Month
August 19, 2014, 7:54 AM
Most Popular Articles
Lumia 830 Gets Major Upgrades Including New 20.1 Megapixel Toshiba Sensor
August 15, 2014, 6:00 PM
With USB Type-C Spec Finalized, Reversible Cables Will Soon Be Upon Us
August 13, 2014, 8:46 AM
Windows Phone, BlackBerry Smartphone Market Share Falls to 2.5%, 0.5% Respectively
August 15, 2014, 9:44 AM
Update: Samsung Gets Official With 4.7”, Aluminum-frame Galaxy Alpha Smartphone
August 14, 2014, 8:56 AM
GM Concedes That the Cadillac ELR Doesn’t Really Compete with the Tesla Model S
August 15, 2014, 5:42 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information