Microsoft teases quad-core tablet, might run Windows 8

Microsoft teases quad-core tablet, might run Windows 8
A quad-core tablet by Microsoft? With no stylus? If that sounds intriguing, then Windows 8 possibly powering the device would add even more spice to the mysterious device teased at Microsoft’s Tech Ed event in New Zealand. 

Redmond’s Enterprise Strategist Jeff Johnson added fuel to the fire saying that the “quad core Windows Slate that will be give(n) out at an upcoming Microsoft event.” Johnson didn’t give any further details about the slate, but judging by its size, it looks like an ARM-based device.

The possibility of it running Windows 8 however is not confirmed - the tablet could well be presented as Windows 8-ready, but only run on Windows 7. 

Microsoft Enterprise Technology Architect Patrick Hevesi has also reportedly been documented as saying that a tablet with four cores is coming later in the year running Windows and lasting eight hours on a single charge, offering 1080p playback on a 10-inch screen. In any case, it seems like we’ll know more about it come early September when Microsoft hosts its BUILD conference.

While the quad-core device was the most exciting tablet in the pipeline for the company, it wasn’t the only one. A bigger tablet with a removable battery was also shown off, but this looks like a Windows 7-running Fujitsu Stylistic Q550. 

source: Smartgeek via ZDNet



1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Apple lawsuit agains MS for copying ipad ? The second tablet look more like a computer than a tablet, looks way to big and heavy.

2. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Well if you know something other then bada ... you had to know that if MS copies the iPad they wont get sued ... cuz Microsoft are smart and they have cross-patent agreement... So i guess too bad for you :)

3. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Seriously man... All your posts are MS bashing and are getting boring.

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I did not mean this as MS bashing. In fact, if samsung does not release a tablet with bada, i'm very likely going to buy the quead core tablet they have on picture. All i was saying is that the second tablet looks big and heavy, and i'm definietely not buying that one.

6. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

they arent selling it dude... dont worry. it is just a prototype for sure. no one is releasing any 1 inch thick tablet now because manufacturing processes are now on 32nm-45nm. smaller and smaller.

7. dswartze

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 01, 2011

Ummm ... M$ has had Tablets out for years! The TC1000 came out in 2003 / 2004. I don't think Apple has a lock on the tablet design. Now touch interface, etc might be a different issue, but since the Windows Phone doesn't seem to be meeting any real opposition from Apple then I do not believe a new Windows tablet will either!

8. Prometheus unregistered

Plus Bill Gates helped to start Apple. Him and Steve Jobs Are good friends...

9. box unregistered

That and Microsoft still owns a controlling stake in apple, as many apple fans conveniently forget...

11. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Not a controlling stake somewhere in the low 20%'s 22% if I'm not mistaken. But not positive on the number but it's not 51% or higher I'm sure of that fact.

4. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

If tablets are coming with windows 8 on board then there is no need to get an Android/iOS tablet. Seriously windows 8 looks so danmm good.

10. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I personally think that Windows 8 looks ugly because of the live tiles. However i'd rather buy a windows 8 tablet than ipad or Android. Best thing of course would be a bada, or maybe a MeeGo or Symbian tablet, which would be my first choice.

12. daveywavey unregistered

Dear Microsoft, Please inform your personnell that when unveiling technological advancements, it is appropriate to iron one's shirt. Regards, A Concerned Consumer

13. SwaggingErdie unregistered

Dear daveywavey, This is a website that posts news about new technology, Tablet PC's, Smartphones, Computers, etc... It does not post about Technology Architects who don't iron their shirts. Regards, A PhoneArena reader who doesn't look at a Technology Architect's shirt

14. daveywavey unregistered

Dear SwagginErdie, Please get a sense of humor, make a tight fist, and shove it. Regards, Me

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