Intel has released details about what kind of performance to expect from Windows 8 tablets and “tablet convertibles” running its new Atom Z2760 processor, also known as Clover Trail.
Intel’s “reference tablet” design can allow for tablets “as thin as 8.5mm” and as light as 680g (1.5 pounds). Its technology enables a long battery life too, which Intel claims will give over 10 hours of use – such as HD video playback from internal storage – and more than three weeks of standby time.
The system also supports built-in Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and NFC connectivity (for “proximity pairing between the tablet and other NFC-enabled mobile devices”).
Intel is presumably keen to promote the benefits of these specs, especially the weight, size and battery management, so that Windows 8 Pro devices can be seen as portable but powerful. The chip-maker’s close competitor ARM is providing chips for the alternative Windows RT tablet platform, which has a stripped down version of Windows 8 but also boasts a circa 10-hour battery life.
According to Engadget, Intel says that at least 20 different Clover Trail tablets are already in the works, for products at around the $799 price mark (just under £500).