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Over 20 Windows 8 Intel Atom tablets in the works

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Over 20 Windows 8 Intel Atom tablets in the works
Windows 8 tablets might be a lot about ARM arriving on Microsoft’s platform, but Intel’s Atom processors would still be hugely important for the launch. How huge? Let’s only mention that over 20 tablet designs with Clover Trail Atom chips are in the works.

Intel’s Paul Otellini spoke at the conference call after the chip maker announced $2.8 billion in profits and $13.5 billion in revenue for the past quarter. Interestingly, Intel says its revenue is up on growing interest for ultrabooks and... smartphones. The former is no surprise - what’s surprising is that Intel only has a couple of chips on smartphones right now, and having this reflected in the Q2 results could mean the company’s chips are catching some momentum in mobile.

But probably most importantly, Intel is betting on Windows 8 tablets. Here’s what Otellini had to say about upcoming Intel tablets:
“Ultrabooks continue to build momentum, and achieved our volume goals in the first half. We are very pleased with the level of innovation and invention being brought into this category, and are now tracking over 140 Ivy Bridge-based designs in the pipeline. Of those, more than 40 will be touch-enabled, and a dozen will be convertibles. With visibility into this many designs, we are confident that we'll see $699 systems at retail this fall. We are also tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SOC, in addition to a number of Core-based tablets.”

Not bad for a start for Windows 8, is it?

source: Venture Beat

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posted on 18 Jul 2012, 07:56 6

1. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Great start! I'm buying the surface tablet pro with "Intel" and put my laptop to rest.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 09:50 2

6. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Count me in!! x86 will run all my old programs on a TABLET!! :)
can sometimes have a game of Warcraft on the go :D

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 08:04 3

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

My future tablet is included in one of those 20 stuff they are working on

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 08:06

3. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Nice, but Atom? Piece crap can't even run a net book effectively. Yeah good luck with that one.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 08:12 5

4. maxkobi (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

how about a surface tablet with an atom chip that docs to a real laptop dock like the asus transformer but then uses the processor in the dock like an i7 and a real graphics card! thats when ill be interested in windows ultra tabs.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 08:50

5. Aeires (unregistered)

I've been using Windows since 3.11. From what I've seen of W8, W7 will be the last iteration I'll use unless they drop the Metro theme. If they could release a top tier W7 tablet for a decent price, I'd buy one in heartbeat.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 11:21

9. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

your last sentence tells me that you actually don't really care about the Metro looks, but rather the price..

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 12:42

11. Aeires (unregistered)

Actually no, Metro sucks, price I can work with to a degree. The last Windows tablet I saw was in the neighborhood of $1000. Can't justify that, but I'd pay around a $100 more than an iPad or Transformer.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 14:37

13. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

metro may not be as good or as flexible as Android UI, but it's still waaaayyy better than to just have an app drawer with a pulled down notification bar stolen from Android..

But the Surface Pro offers x86 that brings you a real PC experience, unlike Android, which is much better for mobile computing. That alone can justify the price for me, considering I can only buy laptop with similar price but with W7 and no touch screen..

I rather have a Surface Pro with a Nexus 7 than to have a Transformer Prime.. Or maybe just wait for other OEM's W8 tablet.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 19:06

14. Aeires (unregistered)

For me, the fundamental problem with W8 is I don't see it as a real PC experience. Every time I see the tiles, I think phone OS. Doesn't mean it is, but tiles are not how I want to launch software, and I don't need real time updates constantly going on. I customize my computer almost like I do my phone, give me my desktop and allow me to change the wallpaper. What color would you like your tiles to be isn't customization. For me, Metro sucks.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 10:19

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

Hmm I hope that Intel,has made theses new Atom CPU chips better than the past ones that ran Windows 7 tablet computers because they were slow and ate up battery power.
as far as Microsoft dropping the Metro screens is concerned I think the Metro screen is great for Tablet computers but the Resistance to the metro screen on desktop and laptop and Server computers in the Enterprise Microsoft's bread and Butter clients is so great that i think Microsoft will have Windows "9" and "10" computer operating systems give People the option of booting "Directly into the metro desktop instead of the Metro start screen which will still be there but will be an extra second computer screen a Windows "9" or "10" computer user can use

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 11:05

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

I like using the Metro Start screen because a person can set it up to help a person more easily get to a program or programs they use the most. after you use windows 8 for months as i have been using it you will not want Windows "7" because it does not have the Metro start screen which is a new extr computer screen you can set the way you like to use your APPS or regular desktop programs. Linux and Android computers have 4 or 5 extra screens it about time windows got an extra computer screen fot computer users to use. Microsoft's mistake with Windows 8 is that they force people to use the Metro start screen. To make windows "8" a great success all they really have to do is to put two shortcuts on the Windows 8 sign in screen one will read "Desktop screen" and the other will read "Metro screen". a Windows "8" computer user will have seven seconds to choose which windows "8" computer screen they want to operate from. if they mouse click or touch the "Desktop screen short cut icon the computer user will operate from the desktop only and the Metro start screen can be accessed but it is an extra screen. if the computer user mouse clicks or touch's the "metro screen" shortcut Icon the windows "8" computer user will operate from the metro start screen and operate windows "8" like it operates today Microsoft will get rid of a lot of "I hate Windows "8" People by adding to two shortcuts to the sign in screen. For Microsoft's sake I Hope they "immediately" do this because Windows "8" will be more acceptable to to "EVERYBODY"

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 11:38

10. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Intel Atom? I though it'll be launched with ARM and Core i processors...anyway...I'll pickup one with i5 at least!

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 13:04

12. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

dont worry i'll surely buy one. i have never owned a tablet before and have waited for this for so long.

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