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Intel outlines hard targets for Windows 8 tablets

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Fri April 13, 2012

Windows 8 Intel tablets must be thin, long-lasting

Intel's Developer Forum in Beijing has slipped out a new set of guidelines for Intel-based Windows 8 tablets. The chip designer wants tablets based on its Atom Z2760 chip to largely fit in with a 10-inch, touch-only tablet or a 11-inch version with a keyboard, CNET saw in its copy of the hardware advice. All of the dimensions would be targeted at matching or beating the iPad, with weight under 1.5 pounds, thicknesses below 0.35 inches, and over none hours of at least theoretical battery life.

The semiconductor company also wanted 3G or 4G to be commonplace to let the tablets have always-on Internet access in Windows 8's Connected Standby mode, which periodically wakes up just long enough to get basic notifications and updates. Tablets would also ideally have NFC for payments and pairings as well as Wi-Fi Direct for media sharing.

None of the guidelines are hard requirements, unlike the tougher conditions Microsoft is known to be setting on ARM tablets. However, they show Intel hoping to get away from the conventional image of Intel tablets as thick, heavy, and short-lived. Many consider Intel's slowness to produce mobile-friendly chips, and Microsoft's unwillingness to quickly consider ARM chips, as ultimately easing the way for Apple's dominance of the tablet market.

Windows 8 is widely expected to come in or near October, and the hardware guidelines could change by the time it ships.

By Electronista Staff


  1. TheFerret

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    None Hours

    If they don't get at least none hours of battery life their use as a portable device would be very limited ;). Number 9, Number 9, Number 9,...

  1. Makosuke

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    Curse you, autocorrect!

    "Over none hours of ... battery life." Now that's a hilarious autocorrect failure.

    Setting our standards pretty low, aren't we, Intel? I'll bet even I can design a tablet with way over none hours of runtime.

  1. cmoney

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    Lots of sites have typos, that's normal. I just love how macnn's always somehow end up being incredibly funny.

  1. SockRolid

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    How many cooling fans?

    Re: "Many consider Intel's slowness to produce mobile-friendly chips, and Microsoft's unwillingness to quickly consider ARM chips, as ultimately easing the way for Apple's dominance of the tablet market."

    Intel technology is why the first Windows 8 tablet prototypes had cooling fans.

    I wonder if there's a minimum fan count for the Atom-based tablets...

  1. Orbifold

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    ARM sitting pretty

    Intel has always designed for speed instead of power consumption. I was sharing a lunch table with people from ARM who think Intel is "2 generations behind" on efficiency.

  1. ebeyer

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    Why do we accept this as normal? It's called 're-read what you wrote before you click 'submit''.

  1. tfmeehan

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    "as ultimately easing the way for Apple's dominance of the tablet market."

    Don't look now, but I think they've been dominating from the get go, not easing in.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    I'll definitely be amazed at seeing

    a Windows 8 tablet getting nine hours of battery life. How can Microsoft manage to get a desktop OS with all that code to match light, mobile OSes in efficiency? If it was that easy to do, Microsoft should have been able to win the tablet wars long time ago. One would think that running desktop applications would really take up a lot of storage that would be very limited in a thin tablet case. One might also suspect there'd be problems with heat dissipation of having the processor working overtime running all that code. I must be missing something since Microsoft is so sure they'll be able to take on the iPad so easily with Windows 8. I don't think I'm being biased against these Windows tablets because I'd really like to see Microsoft manage to get a desktop OS running smoothly with good battery life in a thin tablet. It would mean that Microsoft would be able to get 20 hours battery life out of a thicker notebook running Windows 8. What would even be more impressive if Microsoft's partners would be able to undercut the iPad in pricing with Windows 8 tablets which will likely require higher basic hardware requirements.

  1. Salsa

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    None Hours

    If only Herman Cain had thought of an economic plan like that, the "none, none, none" plan.

    I think nine hours of battery life for Windows on Intel is acheivable, but it might take around nine hours to boot up.

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