Some of the tablet makers at a launch event for Intel’s “Clover Trail” processor
emphasized the business smarts of their products as a way to distinguish them from Apple’s market-leading iPad.
Dell, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, Acer and other vendors are all banking on the new version of Intel’s Atom chip, officially called the Z2760, coupled with Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS, to give them a fighting chance in a market dominated by Apple.
Intel invited PC makers to show off their Clover Trail Windows 8 tablets at a launch event Thursday in San Francisco. The new Atom is a dual-core processor that runs at up to 1.8GHz and offers a “full PC experience,” according to Erik Reid, general manager of Intel’s mobile client platforms group.
Clover Trail tablets will play up to 10 hours of video on a single charge and last up to three weeks in standby mode, he said. Some models will be only 8.5 millimeters thick, he said, a hair’s breadth thinner than the iPad.