Sources claim that the first wave of Intel-based tablets packed with Windows 8 are expected to be released in November, right after the upcoming version arrives. These slates are going to be provided by various manufacturers, available in numerous designs.
"Looking at what Windows is trying to achieve not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures -- three ARM, Intel, and AMD...the schedule is tight," said the source.
Supposedly, more than 50 per cent of the new wave of devices (more than twelve) will be hybrids, combining the design of a traditional physical keyboard-based laptop with a tablet. The Asus Transformer Prime is a slate that practices those standards and can be found on the market powered by Windows 7.
The tablets described by the source will all integrate Intel's upcoming "Clover Trail" Atom chip, one that comes with dual-core processors which will be built using the 32-nanometer technology. Its single core sibling can be found today on the Lava Xolo 900, the first ever phone with an Intel chip.
Rumours state that some of these tablets will be able to deliver up to nine hours of battery use and 30 days of standby, while having 3G/4G connectivity and a slim, light design.
Sources also added that Intel is working on a "Bay Trail" chip that's going to deliver similar battery performance while adding a lot of security features as standard.