Intel recently released details on their Windows 8-based tablets at a conference in Beijing, and early estimates peg the tablets to be released later this year or sometime in 2013.
The tablets will be coming in two flavors: a 10-inch model, and an 11-inch hybrid version that will come with a keyboard. They also appear intent on keeping the weight under 1.5 lbs. and less than 9 mm in thickness.
The device will be powered by a dual-core Atom Z2760 Clover Trail chip, which will have hyperthreading and a “burst mode” feature that boosts performance at short intervals when you need to kick things into high gear. Also, expect to see NFC, Wi-Fi Direct and 3G/4G connectivity.
Windows 8 looks promising, and a tablet-friendly version of the OS should help the Metro-movement expand even further. Early specs for the Intel tablet look great, so let’s hope they can deliver in the second half of the year to keep the momentum going.