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Saturday, 27 August 2011 08:20

Microsoft prepares quad core tablet

Written by Nick Farell


Ready for Windows 8
Software giant Microsoft appears to be building a quad core tablet which it will release when Windows 8 is launched.

With Windows 8, Microsoft will have an OS that can handle PCs, tablets and smartphones as well as ARM and Intel architectures; and touch or conventional displays. In short it can boldly go where Microsoft has not gone before and make it a pretty useful operating system.

Redmond is expected to start handing out prototypes of the new tablets soon even if the product is not due for commercial release for many months.  The big idea is that it could keep Windows developers loyal and to build confidence among OEMs and other partners that Microsoft will be tablet player.

Quad-core Windows slates will apparently have an eight-hour battery life, 10-inch HD screens and 1080p playback.  The first wave will run Windows 7 and be W8-ready. There are lots of possible candidates for chips. Nvidia, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm or even ST-Ericsson, all of which have promised quad-core around the turn of the year.
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-3 #1 JEskandari 2011-08-27 08:45
well if it's capable to run on Windows 7 then
I don't think it is ARM compatible . but if that's
windows phone 7 its another matter .by the way
if they are going t ship samples with windows
phone 7 then I think it's better for them to
wait a little and ship it with win8
 
 
-8 #2 gadoran 2011-08-27 11:38
Ummm the real question is.....who will buy this tablet??? Tablet means iPad, point, other things are an attempt to make a desperate competition. Anyway tablets are too expensive and slow for now, far better a cheap laptop or a sublaptop. Tablets are one\two years Toys for very young and no brainer folks with money to spend :).
Will see in ten years from now once finer processes and better power cells will are feasible.
 
 
+3 #3 milkod2001 2011-08-27 14:18
Quoting gadoran:
Ummm the real question is.....who will buy this tablet??? Tablet means iPad, point, other things are an attempt to make a desperate competition. Anyway tablets are too expensive and slow for now, far better a cheap laptop or a sublaptop. Tablets are one\two years Toys for very young and no brainer folks with money to spend :).
Will see in ten years from now once finer processes and better power cells will are feasible.

If MS don't get too stupid and greedy and sell them for reasonable price many will buy them+next year with quad core ARM tablets will give u more then enough power for everything u need(don't need to wait 10years :)
 
 
-1 #4 GaMEChld 2011-08-27 19:46
I'll wait for next-gen brazos and then pounce. That should be enough performance for me. I'd want a full OS, not some junk with app store nonsense. I want to run whatever programs I want and watch whatever media files I want in any format I want.
 
 
+2 #5 Jurassic1024 2011-08-27 20:39
Finally some real tablets.
 
 
-2 #6 gadoran 2011-08-28 11:26
Quoting milkod2001:
don't need to wait 10years :)


Everything i need??. I think not!! Bad graphic, even in quad core flavour low performance versus the cheapest dualcore x86 cpu; inability to do a real word processing or to show a complex pdf; not to mention the impossibility to make a little photoshop on my camera files or to manage my video files. LOL :). Sorry but Microsoft has only done another slow machine for idiots without ideas or culture. This is a facebook only device and multiply the number of cores do not solve the ridicule/laughable monothread performance.
But the market data (bad) speak better than me. The tablet without the Apple logo do not sell, point.
And yes Microsoft can be stupid....do you remember Vista???
 
 
-1 #7 nc_mike 2011-08-28 13:47
The Asus EP-121 Win-64 is the only real tablet out there today as far as I am concerned. I love mine - its good enough to be a desktop replacement save for needing mor than 4 hours battery life and a bigger SSD.
 
 
0 #8 fteoath64 2011-08-29 15:13
It did not mention chip architecture so one would expect X86 meaning SB or Llano cpus in these devices.
Many are looking at Arm Quads to change the equation of mainstream tablets (aka iPad and HoneyComb slades). So putting WP7.5 on an Arm quad might just be compelling as it will be very snappy and has all the social features that Google always wanted but could not integrate in a contextual way. Mango demos are rather compelling for young tablet users mainly due to appeals of tight social integration offered off the OS. I am sure Android will catch up as will IOS. So yeah, competition is great and about 8 hours of battery for a tablet is about the expected norm.
 
 
0 #9 dew111 2011-08-29 20:46
The article mentions that Windows 8 will be capable of running on a smartphone. While technically true, this is misleading. Microsoft has a different division for Windows Phone, and WP 8 is planned on releasing next year sometime. Microsoft still believes, correctly, that a phone OS should work well as a phone (would you really want the bloat of full Windows 8 on a phone? Of course not).

Hopefully MS will keep the price of the tablet license down, as this is the only way consumers will buy (non-Apple) tablets. HP just proved that people will buy tablets, just not for $500. Anyway, in the long run, the performance of tablets should start to rival today's notebooks, at which point Windows 8 will look much more attractive than iOS.
 
 
0 #10 Cartman 2011-08-30 14:55
Quad in table for what ?? hahahaha
 

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