Intel boasts Clover Trail Windows 8 tablets will run all day, will be super light

by Doug Drinkwater

September 27 2012

Ahead of its Windows 8 tablet event in San Francisco today, Intel detailed what can be expected from Windows 8 tablets running its new Clover Trail system-on-chip (SoC).

The new dual-core 1.8GHz processor is codenamed ‘Clover Trail’ but officially known as the Atom Z2760 and will help tablets to achieve a battery life of up to nine hours for HD video playback, 10 hours of “active use” (which presumably entails doing a little bit of everything) and three weeks when in standby.

Intel adds that tablets running the chipset should come in below 1.5 pounds (680g), which is similar to the ARM-powered Windows RT tablets but significantly lighter than Windows 8 Pro tablets, and will support 3G and 4G cellular connectivity as well as near-field communication (NFC).

Furthermore, the chipmaker expects these tablets to be 8.5mm thick, which is almost the exact same thickness as the iPad 2, and says the models will be able to support an “advanced” camera (up to 8MP) and a secondary snapper (up to 2.1MP).

Intel has previously revealed that as many as 20 Windows 8 tablets are being developed with the Clover Trail processor, and no doubt we should see the first of these at the firm’s Windows 8 event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art later today.

Earlier this week Intel CEO Paul Otellini reportedly claimed that Windows 8 is not yet ready to be released, just a month before the new operating system goes on general release.

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