As the highly anticipated launch of Windows 8 looms, Intel revealed some specific hardware details about tablets running on Microsoft’s soon-to-debut OS at a conference in Beijing on Friday.
Windows 8 tablets will be available in 10- and 11-inch designs, with an anticipated nine-plus hours of battery life and 3G/4G connectivity. Other than the fact that the 11-inchers will be hybrids with a physical keyboard, the specs aren’t too surprising.
The tablets should weigh less than 1.5 pounds, similar to the third-generation iPad’s 1.44 pounds than the heftier Toshiba Excite‘s 2.2 pounds (granted, the Excite is also 13 inches). They’ll also be ultra thin, around .35 inches.
These Windows 8 tablets will also include Intel’s dual-core Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chipset. It features a “burst mode” that can be used for occasional small boosts of performance, and hyperthreading, which lets it function like a quad-core chip in certain circumstances. They will also include NFC and WiFi Direct.