Microsoft shows a 7" Windows 8.1 tablet with quad-core Intel Bay Trail (video)


Microsoft is moving downscreen with Windows 8.1, allowing for 8" tablets to hit the market, but the all-popular 7-inchers are also possible, it seems. Over at Computex the company showed a 7-inch "Lyon" made by Inventec, and ODM copmany. 

The 7" Win 8 slate is just a proof of concept, rather than a retail product, and shows how Microsoft's new OS can scale down to smaller display, plus it demonstrates a run with Intel's new Bay Trail tablet chips architecture. The processor inside is a quad-core Atom of a new generation, and is clocked at 1.6 GHz.

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37 Comments

1. tech3 unregistered

Looks ugly.......

3. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Beautiful Device and Beautiful OS.

4. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

But thinness is impressive. And it's not a retail product.

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Actually, the nexus 7 is thinner IMHO... what's more it has a huge bezel!

18. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Nexus 7 is underpowered (more so when you compare it to this) and running Android whereas this is running Windows 8. Not fair to compare. And again, this device's purpose is to SHOW W8.1 can support small tablets, why would care about it's design or bezel??

5. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

but will have more to offer than any other non windows tablet of same size..

7. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

And more apps than any other non windows tablet because it can run Bluestacks, old windows apps, and ofcourse apps made specifically for W8.

13. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Error sorry to dissapont you but no.....no it won't have more apps than non w8 tablets....

16. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Why not?

23. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

as the wp store has 20000 apps, blustacks has more but you need to pay for it.. and old windows apps have hardly over 5000...so no windows 8.1 will have no where near the amount of apps as android or iOS

27. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

buddy if this thing runs windows 8.1 it can run windows 7 windows vista ,windows XP, windows 2000, software. you must be new to computers there are more than 100000 desktop programs for this Tablet to run the problems with 7 and 8 inch tablets are Price and are the screens too small to really see what you are doing. you might need a stylus to use word menu items

10. red_fox unregistered

I agree, the OS is good but the device looks ugly.

26. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yuck hideous looking, should'ev been the design of the L9 series ®

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Also shows how a wp8.x phablet could have a windows 8-ish ui

6. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

If Windows 8.1 can be on 7 inch tablet ,then why not on 4 & 5 inch smartphone? Come on MS abandon Windows phone 8 & put Windows 8 pro on 4 & 5 inch smartphone.

29. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

because x86 chips aint so cheap only top flag chip might have not mid ranges

36. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Thanks, but no thanks (for now). I like having 2-day battery life from my Windows Phone, something not yet achievable on the same scale with full Windows. Yet.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Very interesting device!

9. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Reminds me of note10.1 :)

28. SleepingOz unregistered

+ ipod touch

11. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

the bezel is so BIG!

12. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Whatever this prototype looks like... ...Microsoft takes their "loosing" into consideration... - 8" inchers - Office included - new BayTrail platform (ARM like power/battery)... it looks like they know that they lost the fight - but they are going to win the battle!!!

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Office in an 8'' tablet... I guess that's what everyone was waiting for! ;-)

19. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I bought Note8 last week, being a "MS fan" it was a decision after a lot of disapoitment with W8 that i use on my another Tablet PC, devices that are currently on the market etc......so untill these 8" inchers come to the market it will take some time...lets see.

17. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

my only concern is the 2400mAh battery and the projected 5hr usability time. but nevertheless quite a considerable option for a windows 8 tablet.

20. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

Windows (and its desktop apps) really need high DPI support. The interface looks very small, and the scaling mode only makes the icons blurry.

21. khaldoon

Posts: 62; Member since: May 17, 2013

This summer will be just awesome with the new windows 8.1 , IOS 7 , and Jellybeen 4.3 !!!! Can't wait to see the phones that will host these incredible OSs !!!!!

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Isn't that the HTC ...?

24. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Coool.

25. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

the desktop mode is just hilarious on this size of screen windows phone 8 would look better in my opinion

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