Nvidia Tegra 3, TI OMAP4430 and Qualcomm Snapdragon powered tablets, laptop running Windows 8 (update)

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3 Jun, 2011 12:13 pm

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Update: I missed the Tegra 3 tablet. Added video.

Part of Microsoft’s Windows 8 presentation involved showing the money – that it could run on ARM hardware so they demoed the upcoming finger-touch friendly OS on a couple of tablets and a standard laptop. The tablets sported either a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 (1.2GHz, dual-core), Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad-core) or TI OMAP4430 (1GHz, dual-core, as on the BlackBerry Playbook) processors while the laptop ran Tegra 3.

The tablets can run standard Windows mode or an “always-on, always-connected” mode which is basically gives you all the features you’d expect on ARM hardware. Since this is Windows after all, the demos made a point of being able to toggle between the finger-touch friendly UI and the standard Windows interface so you can access files you have on a plugged-in USB dongle.  A round of applause when the Nvidia Tegra 3 laptop was shown running Microsoft Word and printing a document.

11.6-inch, 13mm thin Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 powered tablet:

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12.6mm thin TI OMAP4430 powered tablet:

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Nvidia Tegra 3 “Kal-el” tablet:

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Nvidia Tegra 3 laptop:

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  • http://www.jasondunn.com Jason Dunn

    Wow. Just…wow. There are some fantastic possibilities here in terms of Windows 8 coming in a variety of form factors. Can’t wait! :-)

  • Kevin N

    Hmm. So no signs of a dual-chip, x86+ARM solution, so that you can have your cake and eat it too?