Taiwanese show off next 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

inventecw8It’s been a pretty awfully kept secret but expect to see a slew of 7-inch Windows 8.1 tablets by year’s end.

That’s the take home message we’ve come up with as Mobile Geeks gets the jump on a new 7-inch model from Taiwanese OEM shop Inventec.

The new Lyon tablet runs the full x86-version of Windows 8 on a small 7-inch screen with 1280×800-pixel resolution, similar to a Google Nexus 7.

According to reports, the new tablet will run an equally-new Intel quad-core Atom ‘Bay Trail’ processor running at 1.66GHz with 2GB of RAM and either a 64GB or 128GB solid-state drive. Word is that by the time it hits the market, it’ll be running Windows 8.1 out of the box.

The current model is only at prototype stage, apparently, with the existing 2400mAh battery reportedly only delivering up to five hours of battery in idle mode. Those same reports suggest that with driver improvements, Inventec hopes to get this up to 10 hours.

If they get there, it’ll be a nice feather in the cap. As Inventec is an OEM – original equipment manufacturer – it makes products for other brands, so chances are very high that we’ll see the big-name brands start delivering seven-inch Windows 8.1 tablets, quite likely before the end of the year.

No doubt, these tablets will also sound the final deathknell for the netbook. Netbooks were rightly maligned for their poor single- and dual-core performance, but it’d be interesting to see how they perform now with a quad-core Atom ‘Bay Trail’ chip under the bonnet.

But now, we’ll probably never know.


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