Samsung and several other Intel and Microsoft Partners were present at an Intel-hosted event at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to showcase upcoming Windows 8 tablets and hybrid laptops that use Intel’s dual-core, 1.8GHz System-on-a-Chip (SoC) formerly code named Clover Trail.
The Atom Z 2760 will be released on Oct. 26 alongside Microsoft’s next-generation, touch-optimized operating system, with hardware manufacturers like Samsung, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and others coming out with tablets and hybrid tablet-laptops built around the x86 SoC and running Windows 8.
Samsung was the only Wintel partner at the SFMOMA showcase to name a price for its upcoming product. The Series 5 Slate will sell for $649 as a tablet and for $749 with its dockable keyboard attached, the South Korean tech giant said.
Other products on display included hybrid laptops with detachable tablets like the Acer Iconia W510, Asus Vivo Tab, Dell Latitude 10, and HP Envy x2, all due out in the Windows 8 release timeframe, as well as a standalone tablet Lenovo called the ThinkPad 2 that could also be ready by Oct. 26 and another standalone from ZTE called the V98 that won’t be made available until January.
Fujitsu and LG Electronics are also readying Windows 8 tablets and hybrids running on Atom chips, according to Intel.
Other than Samsung’s, Lenovo’s, and ZTE’s offerings, these Clover Trail laptop-tablet hybrids are all being sold as a package deal, so the $749 Samsung will charge for both its tablet and keyboard setup might be the benchmark for prices we can expect for the other manufacturer’s devices.
For consumers, the new Wintel hybrids from Acer, Asus, HP, and Samsung are probably the best bets for a holiday purchase. Dell’s Latitude 10 and Lenovo’s ThinkPad 2 are being targeted at the enterprise, according to those companies.
All of the tablets and detachable tablets showcased at SFMOMA were in the 10-inch to 11-inch range, weighed in at as little as 1.5 pounds, and were in the 9-millimeter range for thinness. Some thicker Windows 8 tablets sporting more powerful and more power hungry Intel Core chips were on display at the event but ultimately this was a day for Clover Trail.
The Atom Z 2760 is a 32-nanometer chip with hyperthreading that affords four-way processing on its two CPU cores, plus a built-in graphics engine that Intel pitched as delivering better graphics and video performance than ever before. You’ll get more than 10 hours of battery life on a system packing the Clover Trail SoC, according to Intel, plus better than three weeks of connected standby.
Because it’s built on the x86 architecture, the Atom Z 2760 is basically tailor-made for Windows.