Intel recently released their upcoming Windows 8 tablet checklist to the public. Not surprising is the fact that, like Samsung and Acer, Intel is trying to make their tablet as similar to the iPad’s specifications as possible.
According to CNet, the new Windows 8 tablet, scheduled to come out in the second half of 2012, sports an Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chip. The chip will be dual-core capable with “burst Mode” for quick burst performance and “Hyperthreading,” which allows a dual-cope chip to behave like a quad-core chip under certain circumstances.
Intel’s new tablet will be 10 inches, just like the iPad. Although the company does plan to offer a hybrid 11-inch design which will include a physical keyboard (score one for Intel). The predicted battery life will be more than nine hours, although there is no specific information as to whether that includes active use or just standby mode. The Windows 8 tablet will be just under one-and-a-half pounds and hopefully measure less than 9mm in thickness. The new iPad weighs 1.44 pounds and measures 9.4mm. It will also include 3G and/or 4G data connectivity.
Intel is making a smart decision to follow the iPad’s successful path. However, sticking too closely to the standard may backfire. Why would someone buy a Windows 8 tablet that looks and acts exactly like an iPad but doesn’t have the infrastructure that Apple offers? Why not just buy an iPad that has been proven to be a high-quality top-of-the-line device and also comes with hundreds and thousands of apps? I know, I know. I’m just showing my bias now. What can I say? I love my iPad.