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Intel refutes the claims that Win 8 is not ready, demos thin Atom-based reference tablets with 10-hour battery

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Intel refutes the claims that Win 8 is not ready, demos thin Atom-based reference tablets with 10-hour battery
Intel's CEO has allegedly made some unvetted remarks at employee meetings that he considers Windows 8 not fully baked yet for a release, regarding driver compatibilities and such, but it seems he was speaking for himself, not Intel as a whole, or at least that's what the company's PR would like you to know.

The processor behemoth made the unusual move to release a statement and refute the news reports, which many dismissed as sour grapes because of Microsoft's Win RT port for ARM-based processors. Here's the worded refute:

Intel Statement in Response to Unsubstantiated News Reports

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 – Today Intel Corporation issued a statement in response to unsubstantiated news reports about comments made by Intel CEO Paul Otellini in a meeting with employees.

Intel has a long and successful heritage working with Microsoft on the release of Windows platforms, delivering devices that provide exciting experiences, stunning performance, and superior compatibility. Intel fully expects this to continue with Windows 8.

Intel, Microsoft and our partners have been working closely together on testing and validation to ensure delivery of a high-quality experience across the nearly 200 Intel-based designs that will start launching in October. Intel CEO Paul Otellini is on record as saying “Windows 8 is one of the best things that ever happened to Intel,” citing the importance of the touch interface coming to mainstream computing and the huge wave of exciting new Ultrabook™, tablet and convertible device innovations coming to the market.

Intel refutes the claims that Win 8 is not ready, demos thin Atom-based reference tablets with 10-hour battery
Moreover, Intel doubled down on the Windows 8 news, demonstrating its Clover Trail reference platform for tablets, saying that the Atom processor inside will be bringing 10-hour battery life, which is very comparable to ARM-based slates. The Z2760 inside is clocked at 1.8GHz, and embeds PowerVR SGX545 graphics, with slates coming at just 1.5 pounds (680g), at 8.5mm thickness, but with built in 3G, 4G and NFC. The advantage is that you get the full Windows 8 experience, which means backwards compatibility with all programs ever written for Windows, something Win RT slates can't do. 

Clover Trail slates will have downsides, too, like lack of USB 3.0 support, and somewhat stifled specs with no 1080 screens on the horizon, but Intel said more than 20 such frugal Win 8 slates are in the works. The price, however, doesn't sound very enticing compared to what we've heard about Win RT tablets - the Atom-based slates with baseband radios might very well start at $799, it seems.

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 04:51

1. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)

intel may refuse it but its a truth. however, i hope microsoft is hard at work to bring an update to fix things up soon

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:23

2. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Speak your mind Intel cause its a few like you who tell it as it is.
But now they're going back on their words...which is just business pressure and drive showing. Don't let money cloud your judgement. When you release a device make sure its awesome software-wise and hardware-wise.
Also MS get oyur act together! I like you but in this fast paced world Windows has to evolve or else you will be seeing the door!
All in all I hope Windows 8 makes it big. Its always good to have options.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 05:36 2

3. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

Backward compatibility = priceless.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:06

4. vaihavs800 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

With that atom s**t,

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:38 1

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

I was waiting for such refute comment, they should have known Microsoft wasn't happy hearing that.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:33 1

6. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I am sure the pricing will change but this is compelling. The windows 8 hybrids are going to do some serious battle this fall. Great time to be a consumer.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 18:59

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

coz intel, you're too fancy to be price same as ARM-base chips!!!

but if you act fast on mefield chips then lets just wait and see!

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 19:56

8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

folks I think that windows 8 by nature is a Hybrid operating system because a person using it operates one of it's two screens which are the Windows Modern UI start screen which has special Modern UI tiles that open up applications and give you updating info within some Microsoft Modern UI tiles and the other screen a person Operates in windows 8 is the good old windows desktop which a person will use to run programs written to run on Windows 7 and older windows operating system. windows 8 computers us two types of Programs which are the Modern UI start screen programs which are generally full screen Apps best for touch monitor screen and the good old Microsoft desktop programs of OLd. it takes time for this to sink in a person's mind but after awhile you don't care you adjust to it

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 20:06

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I still fell that windows 8 should have been designed to boot directly to the Microsoft "Modern UI " start screen when it detects your computer is hooked up to a
touch screen monitor or Windows 8 will boot directly into the windows 8 desktop screen when windows 8 detects your computer is hooked to a non touch screen monitor like most People have this would save Microsoft a lot headaches user complaints and criticism.

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