Intel has shared details about their next generation Atom processor. The company said there are at least nine manufacturers who will be releasing their devices built around a dual-core, 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 CPU that is very similar to the Medfield chip used in smartphones. This next generation Atom processor features an Intel SGX545 with up to 533MHz graphics core frequency, and is able to support NFC and 4G LTE capabilities.
One of the upcoming Window 8 tablet from Acer that features this new Atom CPU is its Iconia W510, which we first laid eyes upon in Computex 2012. This tablet connects with a removable keyboard that Acer claimed to be able to extend the battery life of the tablet to eighteen hours!
The ASUS VivoTab has an 11.6-inch screen with an internal storage capacity of 64GB. It tips the scale at 686g and measures 8.3mm in thickness. The VivoTab connects with a QWERTY keyboard dock that acts as an external power source with the added benefit of the USB ports for more connectivity options. The VivoTab was formerly known as the ASUS Tablet 810, like the Acer Iconia W510, made an early appearance together with the ASUS Tablet 600 at Computex this year.
This offering from Dell is called the Latitude 10 that is primarily targeted at the business-minded user. It runs the Windows 8 Professional operating system and will be made available with standalone desktop dock that will turn the Latitude 10 into a mid-range desktop PC as the dock features AC power for charging. It also features additional full-size USB ports, Ethernet connectivity and an SD card slot. It also acts as an external power source with a removable battery.
The HP Envy x2 is positioned by the company as an "ultrathin hybrid PC". When its 11.6-inch screen is detached from the keyboard dock, it becomes a tablet that weighs 816 grams. The HP Envy x2 supports NFC for easy sharing of digital content with other NFC enabled devices.
The 10.1-inch Lenovo ThinkPad 2 measures less than 10mm in thickness, with its weight being kept under wraps for now. It supports both 3G and 4G connectivity, with full support for the new Microsoft Office. Its optional accessory includes a digitizer pen that allows for "... signature capturing, annotating documents and note taking.". The device appears to be the successor to the Lenovo ThinkPad tablet that was launched last year.
The 11.6-inch Samsung Smart PC, is also parked under the Samsung Slate Series 5 family, weighs 750g when it is detached from its keyboard dock. It comes in an attractive mystic blue hue that resembles the color of the Samsung Pebble Blue Galaxy S III smartphone. We had a quick hands-on session with this device just this month at IFA 2012.
Bringing up the rear of the pack is the 10.1-inch ZTE v98 with 4G connectivity options. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and comes in an 8mm thin package weighing less than 700g.
We have featured a few Windows 8 tablet powered by the new Atom processor. There are also more powerful variants known as based on the third generation Intel Core processor that are known as Windows 8 Pro tablets, while Windows RT tablets are powered by ARM chips. Consumers who need to shop for a Windows 8-based tablet had better do their homework in order to make sense of this confusing mix of tablets and convertible devices when they are launched next month. For more details on the new generation Intel Atom Z2760 processor as well as the devices that feature it, please visit this link at the Intel website.