HP Omni 10 looking promising: runs on Intel's latest quad-core Atom Z3770 and Windows 8.1 for $399
To start off, the Omni 10 is actually looking quite promising – it sports a Gorilla Glass 3-protected 10.1-inch 1080p display that's being powered by one of Intel's latest, most advanced ultramobile SoCs – the Atom Z3770, based on the silicon slinger's Silvermont 22nm architecture. These Bay Trail chipsets are Intel's bid for entry into the mobile space, something they've struggled with mightily, and the company actually boasted that these new chips are going after the likes of Snapdragon 800. Preliminary tests of the tablet version of the SoC (Merrifield is Bay Trail's smartphone counterpart), show that the chipset is actually handling itself very well, especially on the CPU side of things. GPU performance isn't as great, though, despite it relying on a admittedly watered-down version of the GPU found on Ivy Bridge SoCs (Intel Gen7).
Back to the basics, the Z3770 runs a quad-core configuration with cores that run at 1.5GHz, though they can turbo-up to 2.4GHz when needed (and provided that the Omni 10 can properly dissipate the extra heat). On the memory side of things, you get 2GB of LPDDR3 1066MHz RAM and 32GB of microSD-expandable native storage. The rest of the specs sheet touches on the 8MP Auto Focus/LED Flash and 2MP rear and front shooters, respectively, the battery that Microsoft claims is good for up to 8.5 hours, and the existence of a Micro HDMI slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a (b/g/n). The relatively heavy (630g) and seriously generic-looking slate is ready to ship for $399 for the 32GB version, though it doesn't seem like you can tweak the amount of storage available, which is a shame.
A nice overall package, though we ain't sure if we're more excited about HP possibly being back in the game, or the fact that the new silicon from Intel is looking none too shabby.
HP Omni 10
source: Microsoft Store
1. YuLeven (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Fairly good looking deal for me.
If you care more about using a tablet rather than narcissisticaly rubbing it's premium, expensive design on other's face you will be quite ok with this HP.
15. Sauce (unregistered)
Past experiences with HP hardware problems and their horrendous customer service have forced me to never buy from them again :|
2. Dexxter (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
$200 cheaper than the iPad Air.....not bad at all.
5. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Can the ipad air run full x86 applications? Also the ipad air cpu might be good compared to other arm ones but baytrail crushes it in cpu performance.
9. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
A7 is beast...cpu performance of atom 3770 is almost equal.
11. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)
And the comparable tablets price wise to the iPads are i3s and i5s that are 3 to 4x more powerful. The a7 is fast but it is not as fast as a quad core baytrail. The per core performance is about equal.
3. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
This could be best windows tablet for real.
6. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Its far from it. It lacks a ssd which should be a requirement for these tablets. Emmc is garbage. I would wait till some 4GB versions of windows 8.1 baytrail tablets come out with 128gb ssd storage for like $500.
The Asus T100TA-C1-GR is the best for the $ right now.
8. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)
You want 128 GB SSD, 4 GB tablets for $500.
Why don't you ask them for free?
eMMC though not as fast as SSD, they are good enough for most.
Just check the videos of dell venue 8 pro. It has similar storage and even slower atom than this one.
But its very fast as day to day performance. They can even run desktop games.
13. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)
I would like my tablet to boot in 10 seconds not 2 minutes emmc can go die. Also an i3 with a 120gb sad and 4gb ddr3 is $600 so yes a baytrail chips are $100 cheap $500 is right on target.
14. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Dell Venue 8 pro boots in 8 seconds.
As I said above it has slower atom and eMMC.
Get the facts before spreading lies.
10. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Just go and try it first...then write it down!
18. grove12345 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
i think the other Transformer Book T100 is the best for the $ right now.
8.1 bay trail tablet with SD slot. It runs only 2gb of RAM but seems the 64bit stuff coming in Jan will run about twice as much as this $300 option that comes with a keyboard
7. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1048; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Hmm Tech site device testers say that Windows 8.1 uses 16 gigs of main memory. you can get some of it back but folks 64 gigs seems to be the best minimum size any Windows 8.1 device should have for it's main memory so you definably have to use it's 32 gigs of it's
expandable memory to use to store data on it. 400 dollars is in the price range to move a lot of these HP 10's off the store shelves. does it have an dock/Keyboard.
22. gadgetlover98034 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
I've seen pictures of the dock but neither MS or HP have any information on it. Any Bluetooth keyboard will work so that's not an issue. This teasing with product launches and accessories is sure frustrating. Do I buy something that's out or believe the release dates when they are often vague? As far as storage, 32 is pretty slim but it has an SD slot. Mostly it's video that takes the storage and for me I would only rotate a couple movies on it so I can live with the storage. The shortcomings make it affordable. MS told me it doesn't come with office. Other advertisements I've seen have it coming with Home and Student. All in all I like the bare bones offering because some people like me have a copy of office I can load and I don't want to pay for a dock or keyboard. Good luck getting one of these tablets though.
12. Deaconclgi (Posts: 223; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Is that a full sized USB 2.0/3.0 in that picture?
17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7683; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Besides the Dell Venue Pro 8, this is the best W8.1 tab for the price. It puts Nokia's RT tab to shame.
19. grove12345 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
Look up The Transformer Book T100. Already out, supports SD, and comes with a keyboard all for the same price. The specs are the same too. But we all can wait for a side by side later
20. brrunopt (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
No they aren't, the T100 has a weaker Z3740 , HD screen and weaker quality overall
21. gadgetlover98034 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)
Does anyone actually have this tablet yet? It was on pre-order at the MS store on 11/2. It was officially on sale at the site on 11/7. They offered overnight shipping so someone should have one by now. I pre-ordered on the morning of 11/2 with standard ground shipping when they opened the pre-order. MS gave me all kinds of promises. The first one was that I would have it on the 11/7 release date. Five subsequent inquires later and assurances with each one, I was told they were out of stock. Yesterday I was told I should cancel my order and go with overnight shipping and I would have a tracking number yesterday as well. I'm kind of wondering if MS actually has any of these.
24. taikucing (unregistered)
Intel Atom Z3770... Sounds like Core i7 3770K