Sorry for the lack of posts; I’ve been knee-deep in the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria. Just dinged 87 on my main. Also played through the monk starting area. I’m loving it so far.
Anyway, I write today to tell you that I’m very excited about Intel’s Clover Trail. It’s their up-and-coming 32nm dual-core Atom-based SoC for tablets. Promising 3 weeks of standby power and 10 hours of use, it’s competitive power-wise with ARM-based tablets. Clover Trail devices (more than 20 in the works) will support the full version of Windows 8, not the non-backward-compatible and dumbed-down “RT” version for ARM devices. Here is Intel’s press video about it:
While there’s generally a lot of excitement about Clover Trail, some people get a bad taste in their mouths when they hear “Intel Atom.” This stems from bad experiences with netbooks in their brief heyday. Frankly, I loved netbooks and still use one, but I can understand how aggravating they would be if you went into it expecting Macbook-Air-level performance.
Whether you like netbooks or not, have no fear that the dual-core Clover Trail will chug. I’ve personally used one and I can tell you I was very impressed with its speed and responsiveness. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video below of Acer’s new Iconia W510:
In short, be on the lookout for these. I know I’m putting one on my Christmas list.
Full Disclosure: I work for Intel in the Atom Products Division. The postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent Intel’s positions, strategies, or opinions