Intel has partnered with Acer, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and more to unveil today a slew of new tablet computers running Windows 8 based on Intel processors, such as the new “Clover Trail” Atom Z2760 CPU.
Intel has partnered with Acer, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and more to unveil a slew of new tablet computers running Windows 8 based on Intel processors, such as the new “Clover Trail” Atom CPU.
The latest tablets will compete with Apple's iPad and other ARM equivalents, but have the benefit of Intel's processor experience, for better computing performance, even on Windows 8, and longer battery life.
The Intel Atom Processor Z2760, codenamed Clover Trail, is extremely thin and light, making it particularly useful for tablet computers. It has dual-cores with Hyperthreading, and touts an enhanced battery life of more than three weeks of connected standby and over 10 hours of local high-definition video playback.
Performance is enhanced by Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyperthreading Technology, both of which purportedly improves the multitasking capability of devices running Intel processors.
Security is also augmented by Secure Boot, Platform Trust Technology, and, in the case of Intel Core vPro processors, Enhanced Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Secure Key, OS Guard, Enhanced Identity Protection Technology, and Trusted Execution Technology, making Intel-powered devices a lot more desirable for the enterprise market.
The initial line-up of supporters of the Intel technology include Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung and ZTE, though likely many more will be signing up in the months to come.
“This is just the beginning of Intel’s effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life,” said Erik Reid, GM of Application Processor Platforms for Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “When people or corporations buy a device with Intel Inside, they’re getting the best of Windows 8 features with a computing experience that just works.”
Acer's contribution is the ICONIA W510, a hybrid tablet/laptop. It is powered by an Atom Z2760 processor, has a 10.1-inch display, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and a detachable keyboard dock, which doubles as an extended battery, offering up to 18 hours of use. It is 8.9mm in thickness and weighs 1.27 pounds.
Asus will launch the Vivo Tab with an Atom Z2760, 11.6-inch Corning Fit Glass display, 64GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera, and Wacom digitizer stylus support. A keyboard dock is also available.
Dell's new tablet is the Latitude 10, powered by an Atom Z2760 and featuring a 10-inch display, Windows 8 Professional, swappable battery, optional docking, and enhanced security options such as Dell Data Protection and Encryption.
Fujitsu unveiled its STYLISTIC Q702, powered by an Intel Core i5 vPro processor. It has an 11.6-inch display, attachable keyboard option, stylus and finger input support, optional 4G LTE, and up to nine hours of continuous use battery life.
The HP ENVY x2 hybrid is powered by an Atom Z2760 and has an 11.6-inch high-definition display. It features Windows 8, an 8-megapixel camera, and detachable keyboard. Bundled software includes Beats Audio, while storage is an SSD and the device is NFC-capable.
Lenovo's tablet is the ThinkPad 2, touting a 10.1-inch display and powered by an Atom Z2760. It runs Windows 8 and is capable of 3G or 4G connections, as well as up to 10 hours of battery life. It allows users to create an overnight guest account with restricted access to the device, and also comes with a host of business-orientated options, including corporate email access, secure joining of corporate domains, and an optional digitizer pen.
Samsung's Smart PC, otherwise known as the Series 5 Slate, is aimed at both consumers and enterprises, running on Windows 8, with an Atom Z2760, 11.6-inch display, 64GB of memory, a 2-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and 3G or 4G connectivity. A detachable keyboard is also included and the device promises up to 13.5 hours of battery life.
The ZTE V98 Windows 8 tablet is powered by an Atom Z2760 and features a 10.1-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi or LTE connectivity, and a 2-megapixel and 8-megapixel camera .