Intel has revealed a very slim prototype laptop/tablet hybrid powered by its new 14nm Intel Core M.
Showcasing the company’s new fifth-generation Intel Core M processor and its mobile future, Intel President Renee James presented a prototype 2-in-1 reference PC.
The 14nm Intel Core M processors will require less energy to run and therefore will extend the battery life of the devices kitted out with them.
Intel claims its first 14nm chips will offer 20 – 40 per cent better performance, despite fitting into a 50 per cent smaller footprint than other Core processors.
SOC power could actually be up to 45 per cent less and produce 60 per cent less heat, allowing the Intel M processors to be offered in fanless products.
The prototype on display at Computex is a very thin tablet with a profile just 7.2mm thick. This without the detachable keyboard though, but such a thin profile pits it directly against the super thin 6.4mm Sony Xperia Z2 tablet.
Intel’s prototype also only weighs 670g, thanks to it having no internal fan cooling system.
This could be the first in a long line of Intel powered tablets and hybrids with the new Intel M chips.
Intel states that the first Intel Core M powered devices will go on sale early next year.
Such devices would go up against the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, which comes with a 12-inch 2160 x 1440p full HD resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
The Surface Pro 3 is 9.1mm thick though, but Microsoft claims it offers a 15 – 20 per cent battery improvement on the Surface Pro 2, offering around 9 hours on a single charge.
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