Windows 8 is scheduled for launch later this year and around the same time, we can expect manufacturers to start churning out Windows 8 tablets. Many manufacturers are happy to confirm or announce that they’re working on Windows 8 tablets, but we don’t know a whole lot about those devices. Today, a new report points to apparent specs for an 10.8-inch tablet device from Dell. According to information shared by Neowin, the upcoming Dell tablet will sport a dual-core Intel Cloverleaf processor, 2GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage. The RAM and storage capacity are larger than most of the tablets currently available, but this is an Intel x86 device, not an ARM-based tablet, so it’s not as impressive as it sounds.
Forget for a minute that it’s a tablet. Consider the hardware in your current Windows desktop or laptop. Most systems have quad-core processors and at least 4GB of RAM–and that’s just enough to run smoothly. Many high-end desktops have processors with six or more cores, and 12GB or even 16GB of RAM. To be fair, many entry-level laptops have specs similar to the Dell Windows 8 tablet–dual-core processors and 2GB of RAM–but they also cost only $300 or so. When someone buys a bargain laptop with hardware that just meets the minimum requirements to run Windows, they expect that performance will suffer.
One interesting spec of this tablet is that it will feature a removable battery. Rumor has it there will be two flavors of batteries available. A smaller one that will keep you running for 6 to 8 hours and a larger battery that will give you 10 to 12 hours.
No word on pricing just yet, but so far this looks like it could be quite an impressive device. We can’t wait to hear more about it and eventually try it out and see how it stands up to the competition.
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