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First glut of 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets expected at MWC

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by Abtin Fanaeian
, 13 Feb 2014News
First glut of 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets expected at MWC

64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets will finally land at the Mobile World Congress [MWC] in Barcelona later this month with at least one prominent PC manufacturer expected to show one off.

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A source familiar with the certain company’s plans told CNET that a Windows 8.1 tablet with an Intel “Bay Trail” chip will be demoed at the event and it’s speculated that it will be either HP, Dell, Lenovo, or Samsung that will release the tablet.

This isn’t big news as many Windows 8.1 tablet manufacturers have already expressed a willingness to release 64-bit tablets in order to cater for the thirst for additional memory in the business sector.

"The pressure for 64-bit, even in tablets that might not have 4GB of DRAM, is pretty strong because IT organizations want to standardize on 64-bit images and 64-bit apps," said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64. "And they can't do that with [the current] Bay Trail tablets."

He also added that the “next wave” of Bay Trail tablets will be those that are targeted at business customers as opposed to the current crop of tablets that are very much consumer orientated.

Dell is one company that is well on the way to developing tablets that support a 64-bit OS with its Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro, which will be updated later on this year and could be shown at MWC.

Microsoft is another that expects to release 64-bit tablets running on Intel Bay Trail chips in the coming year and the movement towards 64-bit tablets follows Apple’s decision to pack a 64-bit A7 processor into its two newest tablets – the iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina.

Android, meanwhile, doesn’t have any tablets that can support 64-bit and its something that Brookwood identified as a pertinent issue.

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Apple is currently out in front in term’s of worldwide market share for tablets with just under 30 per cent back in November 2013 – which was a significant drop from the 40.2 per cent it enjoyed just a year earlier and showed the success at which cheaper Android tablets are having against Apple.

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