The first 7-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 surfaces at Computex
One new trend that is starting to pick up steam in the world of Windows is smaller tablets. This 7-inch tablet is the smallest one that has appeared yet.
Now that Windows will be able to run on smaller tablets we’re starting to hear a lot of rumors of upcoming announcements from Microsoft that could include a 7 or 8-inch (or both) Surface tablet of their own.
Luckily you don’t have to wait for them to see the potential of such a device. First it was Acer who revealed the 8-inch W3 at Computex, and now we have a 7-inch tablet going by the codename “Lyon” which has been designed by Inventec. Neowin notes that Inventec doesn’t plan to ship these on their own but plans for other manufacturers to use it.
The known specs for the device are as follows:
- 7” IPS display with resolution of 1280 x 800
- 1.66 GHz quad-core processor based on Intel’s Bay Trail-M design
- 2GB RAM
- 64GB/125GB options for storage (micro SD support included)
- Front and rear camera is supported (megapixel count is up to OEMs)
If any manufacturer decides to use this reference design it looks like they could have a solid device on their hands. If sold for the correct price, a tablet at this size could be great value especially when you consider that Microsoft confirmed they will offer free versions of Office 2013 to all smaller tablets.
These types of devices aren’t expected to go on sale until the Fall.