01 Intel reveals key specs on Windows 8 tablet lineup

The key specifications for Intel's own powered Windows 8 tablets were disclosed at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing toward the end of last week that give us a pretty good overall idea of what's on the cards.

The key specifications for Intel's own powered Windows 8 tablets were disclosed at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing toward the end of last week that give us a pretty good overall idea of what's on the cards.

Intel is planning two main variants for launch; 'pure' 10-inch models and 'hybrid' 11-inch ones using physical keyboards, presumably not all too unlike ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer.

02 Intel reveals key specs on Windows 8 tablet lineup

The tablets will be powered by Intel's Atom Z2670 "Clover Trail" processor which is a dual core chip with "burst mode" (offering quick bursts of extra performance when called upon) and Hyper-Threading.

During the conference it was also mentioned that battery life is beyond nine hours, but we wouldn't count on that until final samples are out and well tested. Intel went on to provide details on weight and thickness; less than 1.5 pounds and a proposed thickness of under 9mm. Keeping things in perspective, Apple's heftier third gen iPad sits at 1.44 pounds / 9.4mm thick.

01(1) Intel reveals key specs on Windows 8 tablet lineup

Other attributes were also shared out including 3G/4G connectivity, near-field communication and Wi-Fi Direct which should allow for WiFi connectivity between devices without an access point.

It's been determined that Intel is working together with no less than 10 vendors globally including several in China to design Windows 8 tablets using the company's chips. Intel China chairman Sean Maloney said while speaking at IDF last week, "You'll probably see many Intel-based tablets by the end of this year".

Source: CNet