At the IDF 2013 (Intel Developer Conference), Intel introduced their new power-saving Bay Trail processors, the Z3000 Atom series.
First tablet featuring Intel’s Bay Trail processor will be made by Toshiba. New windows 8 Encore tablet will pack a quad-core Bay Trail processor of either 1.8GHz, or 2.4GHz with up to 4GB of RAM. Other OEMs like Asus, Dell and Acer will be follow this lead with their tablets before Christmas.
Toshiba’s new 8-inch Encore Windows 8 tablet featuring Intel’s 22nm Bay Trail chip will run Microsoft’s latest Windows 8.1 software. The 8 inch tablet will have 32GB of built-in storage and extra 32GB via optional microSD card. Encore will be Skype-certified with dual mics and 2 megapixel webcam. On the back side of the Encore tablet an 8 megapixel camera will be ready to snap high res pics and vids. Encore will come with Microsoft Office Home and Student preinstalled. The slate is expected to cost just $329.
Dell is adopting the Bay Trail chip in their yet unreleased 8 inch Dell Venue tablet. The Venue tablet will sport a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail chip, and run Windows 8.1 software. There will be a WiFi and LTE version, both also capable of NFC, and WiDi connectivity. Dell Venue tablet will sport 5 megapixel rear and possibly 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Official launch of this slate is pegged for October 2nd.
Acer isn’t slagging behind Toshiba’s Encore by much. Their new 8 inch Iconia A1 will pack the Bay Trail and run android software. The power saving chip will enable “3 movies” to be watched without having to recharge. Acer Iconia A1 will feature 7.9 inch IPS display with 4:3 aspect ratio 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera.
ASUS T100 Windows 8.1 tablet will also sport the Bay Trail chip enabling an awesome 11 hour battery life. The Asus Transformer Book T100 is of course a detachable tablet/notebook, or as it came to be known, the 2-in-1 hybrid. The 10.1 inch Windows 8.1 convertible will cost mere $349.
Intel Bay Trail’s performance should double comparing it to the current Clover Trail chips. The Bay Trail promises great HD graphics performance as well.
Bay Trail is of course very scalable and we’re likely to see it on numerous devices like All-in-One desktops, notebooks and tablets. In notebooks and AiOs the Intel Atom Z3000 will adopt names Pentium and Celeron. First 64-bit tablets, which we’re not likely to see this year, will run windows 8.1 software, but android should follow shortly afterwards.
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