By the end of this year, Intel intends to have at least one tablet loaded with Windows 8 out and about, one that may or may not bear its brand.
Intel is the main promoter of ultrabooks, but it doesn't actually make those things. OEMs, like Samsung, do it instead.
The same sort of situation is bound to come about on the tablet market as well, but we aren't completely sure anymore that Intel will restrict itself to the position of component provider.
During IDF 2012, the Santa Clara, California-based company introduced its vision for tablets running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
This may be a leap of logic, but we can't help but consider that maybe there will be an Intel-branded slate on sale.
We've already covered the lofty battery life promises and the likelihood of Intel providing 3G/4G chips itself.
Now, we are going to see what else the corporation is thinking about, and we mean things besides the obvious (better processing, better graphics and the overall better experience due to Windows 8).
The weight, for instance, will be of below 1.5 pounds, or 0.68 kilograms. Secondly, the thickness will be of less than 9mm.
If one really must make the iPad comparison, the iPad 3 weighs 1.44 pounds (0.65 kilos) and is 9.4mm-thick.
Moving on, Intel's tablet vision includes NFC (near field communication) and Wi-Fi Direct, plus a 10-inch screen with most likely an 1,280 x 720 resolution (or higher even, it depends on cost and trends).
For those who need a reminder, Windows 8 will be selling by fall, which means that a wave of tablets will be launched around the same time.
Between the OS, the flash storage and the Atom Z2760 "Clover Trail" dual-core chip, with Hyper-Threading and burst mode, maybe there really will be advanced slates with battery lives of 9 hours.
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