So, that Windows 8 tablet Microsoft and Samsung are expected to demo at the Build conference this week? Word has it the tablet—or one variant of it—will have an Intel processor inside, despite all the noise Microsoft has been making about Windows 8's ARM processor support.
The news comes from the folks at CNet, who received the surprising tidbit from a "source familiar with the device." The site goes on to specify that "at least one version" will be Intel-powered, which suggests that an ARM-based model could also make an appearance. Oh, and some of the devices might get distributed among the crowd of developers in attendance.
I think showcasing multiple variants would make the most sense. It would send a message to developers that Windows 8 tablets will come in all shapes and sizes, with either Intel or ARM processors. Such a move would also be great PR for Intel. The chipmaker has remained adamant that x86-based chips will go toe-to-toe with ARM SoCs in tomorrow's handhelds—and an endorsement from Microsoft would only lend weight to that claim.
|Are retail Radeon R9 290X cards slower than press samples?||150|
|Valve joins the Linux Foundation||4|
|USB group designing slim, orientation-independent connector||46|
|Cherry intros MX RGB key switch; first keyboard due from Corsair||44|
|MSI's latest Z87 motherboard, GeForce GTX 760 graphics card have Mini-ITX dimensions||29|
|Tuesday Night Shortbread||20|
|HP unveils two Tegra 4-powered tablets||48|
|Unofficial AMD roadmap details desktop plans through 2015||130|
|It's official: Toshiba will snatch up OCZ's SSD business||37|