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NVIDIA spokesperson says Windows 8 on Kal-El hardware will sport battery life measured in days

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NVIDIA spokesperson says Windows 8 on Kal-El hardware will sport battery life measured in days
Now this one is hard to fathom, but an NVIDIA spokesperson has evidently said that Windows 8 on Kal-El hardware will have us measuring battery life in days, not hours. It's hard to believe because, when introducing the quad-core Kal-El, NVIDIA said battery life will be comparable or better than the Tegra 2 chipset.

Now either he meant its ARM Cortex-A15 Wayne quad-core chipset, or Kal-El, which is still Cortex-A9, will be done with <40nm production method. Alternatively, Windows 8 might turn out very resource-friendly, at least its Metro UI part - it's hard to imagine that if you fire up the desktop IE 10 browser with its Adobe Flash support this won't take a toll on the battery.

In any case, the quad-core Kal-El tablet, that was available as reference hardware at Microsoft's BUILD conference, has been put through its paces running the developers preview of Windows 8 by an NVIDIA VP himself. What we found out very interesting, is that at the end of the video he shows the regular desktop interface, which we are used to see on our Windows 7 rigs. 

Intel said that ARM-based devices running Windows 8 won't support legacy Windows software, which is normal, since they are written for x86 machines, but now it seems that we'll be at least capable of running the current default programs and whatever new stuff ships with Windows 8, instead of only seeing the Metro-style interface of Windows 8. You probably still won't be able to fire up desktop Adobe Photoshop on ARM-based devices, but who knows what apps will appear in the Windows Store by the time Kal-El tablets, and others powered by Qualcomm or TI with Win 8 hit the shelves next year.

source: Engadget & TMN


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posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:57

1. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


the guy in the video sound like a tard.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:05 3

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


No support for Windows x86 apps in Arm chipsets = FAIL.

Why would I want to have a Windows tablet - if not for Windows x86 apps? For solitaire?

Then again - it's what Intel is saying - and it obviously would very like that to be true.

Personally I think that MS will develop some sort of internal emulator to emulate 32\64bit CPU commands for those x86 apps a-la Dosbox.

Imagine your average Mom and Dad upgrading to a Windows 8 Arm-based machine - and then unable to install that very specific media player they used ever since Windows XP. Or corporations finding out that MS Office 2003 will no longer work on their new system. You CAN'T force those types of consumers - which are the vast majority - to just move forward in an instant. This will be a huge marketing failure unless MS does something about that.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:15 1

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


According to me Win 8 = Big fail !

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:47 7

4. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)


How about you shut up for a change troll

To me BADA is a big fail. But you don't see me boasting around BADA posts saying its a fail and its useles??

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:37 4

7. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Bada does not even run on tablets.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:20 2

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Guys relax. Peter stopped posting everywhere about bada awhile ago. :)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:57 2

11. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Hooray!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:32

12. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I have Win 8 developer preview, and i think it is a big fail. I have tried it, and i guess you have not...
i did not mention bada in that comment, you mentioned bada first in this article. With that said, bada is not a fail.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:51 1

5. PHaS3 (unregistered)


"No support for Windows x86 apps in Arm chipsets = FAIL."

This makes complete sense since Windows x86 apps are compiled for... well... Windows x86 and not the ARM Architecture. It is not a "FAIL", its how it works.

You don't seem to me too bummed about current Android tablets not running Windows x86 apps...

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:03 3

6. remixfa (Posts: 14179; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its not the same

if ICS came out and said "well, legacy apps are no longer supported, only ICS written apps will work", that would be a huge fail.


As far as this goes, i agree with illia that there will or should be some kind of emulation, at least for the more basic x86 apps like office n such. Or they could be shooting the device at 2 different types of users. x86 based tablets for business/high end users and ARM based tablets for the "average joe", kinda like what they do for home premium and ulitmate windows versions.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:08 3

9. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Thanks remixfa. And I don't think they are going to split the customer base with the Arm\X86 differentiation. It would be a marketing nightmare:

"Hey I want to buy a new Windows 8 PC"
"Sure - here, our latest Tablet from xxxxxx. 4 quad core processors, 8Gb Ram, 100MP camera, 60 years of battery life etcetc"

*several hours later

"Microsoft tech support, how may I help you?"
"Hey I got this cool new tablet, and I'm trying to install Winamp on it because I am a huge fan of the Verizon Thunderbolt phone, and I so like this Winamp symbol"
"Yes, what seems to be the problem?"
"Well I got this error: 0x004666FU45 - Cannot install: wrong architecture"
"Well sir, it appears that you bought a Tablet with an Arm chipset"
"With what? What should I have bought then instead? A tablet with a Leg chipset? Haha"
"No sir, you see, you can't install applications which were meant for Windows.. on Windows which runs on an Arm chipset"
"So what you're telling me is that I bought a Windows PC, but I can't install Windows Applications?!"
"Yes sir, you see, there are....."
"GIVE ME YOUR MANAGER. RIGHT NOW!".

I can totally see it happening lol.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:05

15. remixfa (Posts: 14179; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


""With what? What should I have bought then instead? A tablet with a Leg chipset"

major LOLz on that one.. :) :)


Well, they are gonna have to do something because at this moment it looks like there are going to be 2 classes of windows 8 tablets.. User class and power/business class. They can quadcore their mama, but if it doesnt run win7 apps, its wasted power.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:41 2

8. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I hope it will be a lot like a PC OS. not sum stupid portable senseless OS again.
Asus EEE pad Transformer still is the most productive tablet. If you can't create a OS that matches with or at least can go with the transformer, then I'd still go for android tablets.
Apps are still a big unknown.
AND NO FLASH??? What about playing flash games and flash websites??? Another iOS rival. Mac vs windows, iOS vs Windows.

I hope microsoft crushes apple at least if they could not crush android.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:25 1

13. sudharshan sundar (unregistered)


control panel has been changed to preferences ? apple is gonna sue you!!!!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 15:32

14. sudharshan sundar (unregistered)


I have a mac book pro and when you want to change any settings you have to go to preferences but in windows computer you have to go to the control panel Ihope you now understand my previous comment

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