A new report claims that the slim Windows 8-based tablet from Samsung will use an Intel processor, and not an ARM
Since early reports say that the upcoming Windows 8 powered Samsung device is a slim device, speculations have surfaced saying that the first Windows 8 tablet will use an ARM processor, and not an Intel. But a new report noted by CNET claims that the Samsung manufactured tablet might still be using Intel processors. The Windows 8 powered device is due to be shown at a Microsoft’s Build conference next week
According to Brooke Crothers of CNET, a source familiar with the unannounced Windows tablet, provided the information that a version of the Samsung tablet, will be based on Intel silicon and not ARM-based CPU like Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 currently on the market, runs the Android operating system and uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor.
The report also added that it is not yet “clear” if Microsoft will showcase other tablets with ARM chips alongside the tablet with Intel-based processor.
Windows 8 is the first operating system from Microsoft build to harness the power of “touchscreen,” and obviously the first Windows operating system version to focus mainly on tablets with the new Metro user interface implemented. Microsoft is also using the same UI style in Windows 8 as in the company’s Windows Phone operating system.
Tablets, due to the device’s nature, must be power efficient especially if the tablet maker wants to compete against the iPad, the current leader in the new PC market. The iPad boasts 10 hours of battery life, while other popular Android tablets like the Motorola Xoom or the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have the competitive 9 to 12 hours of battery life. The Motorola and Samsung Android tablets are using Tegra 2.