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Sep 16, 2012

Intel Clover Trail Reference 10” Windows8 Tablet Is 8.7mm Thin

Intel is seriously banking on Windows 8 tablets and the company clearly wants a serious piece of the tablet market pie that is going to weigh just as much as the whole PC market weighs today.

The 2012 PC market is roughly estimated to have sales reaching an impressive 390 million units while the tablet market will probably reach 100 million by the end of the year. In three to four years, the tablet market sales will reach the 400 million mark and Intel surely wants to be the beneficiary of such a development. Right now, the company’s chips are present in less than 1% of the tablets sold worldwide and this is not a likeable scenario for Intel. Once Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system will be launched during the next month, Intel will finally have an x86 tablet software platform where the company will be able to show off its chips. The initial Intel powered Windows 8 tablets are impressive to say the least. Intel’s prototype that was shown during this year’s IDF event in San Francisco, California, is only 8.7 millimeters (0.34”) thick and weighs just 600 grams.

Considering that the diagonal size is 10” and that this, as previously stated, is only a prototype, we can definitely say that Intel has done an impressive job regarding the overall platform integration. Intel’s high level of integration on the Clover Trail platform, and the final result is a mainboard that’s narrower than you palm and less than 8.5 millimeters thick. Retail devices will probably come with even slimmer designs and we’re very eager to see a design where the whole thing is made of aluminum while the backside is used as a big heatspreader. We’re glad that the company has decided to double the x86 compute capability as well as the iGPU, but we’d really like to see some 2.5 GHz models that will focus more on performance rather than power savings. We have serious doubts that a 1.6 GHz or 1.8 GHz Windows 8 tablet will actually be “fast,” so we’d like the customer to have the possibility to choose between battery life and decent performance.

Intel Clover Trail Windows 8 Reference Tablet Platform Prototype
Image credits to ixbt


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