Nokia Tab is a mere concept tablet right now, but it's still an interesting vision that Cameron McKinnon has on the very first Nokia Windows 8 tablet. Last I heard, MS was preparing such a device for mid 2012, although no official confirmation came. Till we get that, let's check out this huge 14 inch slate with a design inspired by the Nokia N9 handset and the Sony Tablet S model.
Most of you out there that are interested in Windows 8 tablets are likely considering a new machine that runs an ARM processor. ARM isn't as fast as x86 but it has better battery life and doesn't produce so much heat. What this means in the long run is that ARM tablets are often less-bulky than their x86 brethren, since they don't need as good of ventilation and as many fans thanks to their low power consumption and heat production.
Qualcomm has promised that its quad-core Snapdragon chips, designed to run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system, will appear in tablets in the second half of next year. The quad-core chips will be part of the Snapdragon S4 product line and are based on ARM architecture. The S4 chips, which will include single-core and dual-core options, will run at clock speeds between 1.5GHz and 2.5GHz.
Microsoft may be shedding the traditional Windows desktop on Windows 8 ARM tablets to deliberately create a more iPad-like design, according to an inside source. Well-known Microsoft-focused technology writer Paul Thurrott stated shortly into TWiT's Windows Weekly podcast (embedded below) that the current plan was to not only pull the traditional Windows desktop from ARM systems but prevent them from running conventional apps compiled for ARM. Only the touch-native Metro interface would be available, Thurrott heard.
Forget Android tablets and the iPad, there are a lot of folks waiting for the much ballyhooed Windows 8 tablets due to hit next year. A lot of folks believe a full computer like the Windows 8 tablets will offer lots more utility than the toy tablets currently available. The reality hasn't hit these folks yet, that these future slates aren't really aimed at the current tablet market.
Microsoft is stepping up their game to compete with their rival, the iPad. According to a new report by Electronista, Windows 8 on ARM tablets may ditch the traditional desktop to a Metro only design. The move seems to be a reversal from original suggestions from the tech giant.
ZDNet reported yesterday that Microsoft is getting a version of Office ready for the iPad. The new versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint will be aimed at bringing a “real” office suite to the iPad, to compete with Apple’s iWorks suite. The interesting rumor has Microsoft pricing the Office apps at $10 to compete directly with the apps from Apple. This leads to the realization that Microsoft faces a dilemma when it comes time to price the Office apps for its own Windows 8 tablets coming down the pike.
Yesterday it emerged that Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets, running on ARM chips (less power consuming than Intel's offerings), are finally due in mid-2013. It's exciting news for Windows fans, and probably something that enterprise IT professionals will make a mental note to be pre-prepared for. But it might all be in vain. Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets may already be too late, out-innovated by faster-moving rivals.
The window of opportunity for Microsoft to come out with a Windows tablet that successfully challenges the iPad is closing, according to a report from Forrester Research to be published Tuesday.
In past articles I've talked about how I think that ARM will have an uphill battle if it wants to establish itself in the desktop/laptop market with Windows 8. I just feel that x86 is a better choice standard PCs, primarily because of its support of older Windows applications that require an x86 processor to run.
If MS-DOS, Windows, Android, the IBM PC, $99 TouchPad, and $200 Kindle Fire have taught us anything about technology it's that being cheaper — if not better — than the competition one of the fastest and surest routes to success.
While the Kindle Fire clearly has the iPad in its sights, remember that the media tablet market is still in the early stages. And by the end of 2012, there should be a third major player in the field: Microsoft, which in tandem with its many hardware partners will unleash a diverse lineup of tablet devices based on Windows 8. I believe Windows 8 will account for a huge chunk of this market. Here's how it could happen.
Recently Nvidia revealed all the juicy details for their Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processing chip, and one maker Asustek Computer Inc. has already announced the Tegra 3 will be inside the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime that’s being released this December.
The Head of Nokia France was quoted in a French newspaper yesterday saying that Nokia is planning to launch a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012. Since the x86 version of Windows 8 is supposed to be launched in mid-2012 (around the same time as the Nokia tablet), it raises a couple of questions:
Paul Thurrott demonstrates Windows 8 on the tablet in this edition of Windows IT Pro Insider. Along with Sean Deuby, Michael Otey, and Jeff James, Paul walks through the touch-screen interface and the start menu. He demonstrates the picture password feature where you can use gestures to log in.
Summary: PC maker Asus has let the cat partially out of the bag regarding its Windows 8 tablet plans. It seems apparent, however, that there are at least two Win 8 tablets coming from Asus before the end of next year.
ARM's new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture could be used in tablets and smartphones in a few years, which could help deliver better performance when running demanding applications such as video, analysts said on Thursday.
On Thursday, ARM took the wraps off its long awaited 64-bit version of the ARM instruction set architecture (ISA). Called ARMv8, the new extensions will put ARM squarely in competition with Intel in the server and desktop markets. It’s important to note that ARM’s move to 64 bits isn’t about performance - rather, it’s strictly about giving ARM-based platforms the ability to cleanly and efficiently address more than 4GB of usable memory.
NVIDIA's founder and president Jen-Hsun Huang has never been one to dodge a question, and that made for an excellent closing interview here at AsiaD. Outside of (re)confirming what lies ahead for Tegra, he also spoke quite openly about his feeling towards Windows on ARM in response to a question from Joanna Stern. Here's the bulk of his reply:
Microsoft recently handed out 5000 Samsung tablets running Windows 8 to developers at its Build conference, in a bid to encourage app development. These apps will be able to take advantage of the low-power, long battery life ARM tablets, which have Intel Core i5 CPUs in.
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