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Intel unveils Windows 8 tablets

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Intel has released details about the new Windows 8 tablets, trustedereviews.com reports. The new devices, which offer unified communications,will run on Intel’s new Atom Z2760 processor, which has beennamed Clover Trail. Intel is apparently aiming to compete with ARM-based chips that are currently dominating the smartphone and tablet market with the new 1.8GHz chip. It has been designed specifically for the new tablet as well as hybrid devices. The new Clover Trail technology features a number of key updates – including longer battery life, smaller packaging (allowing for thinner and lighter devices) and hardware acceleration for displaying higher-definition images. It will also sport the 4G LTE network. It is said that the ‘reference tablet’ design will allow for the devices to be as thin as 8.5mm and as light as just 680g (1.5 pounds). The Atom Z2760 chip will be able to provide up to 10 hours of battery life for local (non-Web based) high-definition video playback. It will also have up to three weeks of standby time. Previousatom chips designed by Intel have been criticised for their poor battery life. According to newyork.newsday.com, Erik Reid, an executive at Intel said that the Windows 8 technology was a ‘breakthrough’; saying it offered an ‘incredible and exciting opportunity to drive new innovation in the marketplace.” Twenty different Clover Trail tablets are currently being manufactured and will be sold for just under £500.

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