Dell leaks specs for Latitude 10, Windows 8 and Intel Clover Trail powered tablet

Subject: Processors, Mobile | May 29, 2012 - 08:33 AM |
Tagged: z2670, windows 8, dell, clover trail, atom

In a leaked slide posted by Neowin.net, details of Dell's upcoming Latitude 10 tablet are coming to light, including hardware specifications like the Intel Atom Z2670 "Clover Trail" SoC. 

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This 10.1-in Windows 8 based tablet will include a 1366x768 display with a capacitive multi-touch screen and an optional stylus accessory.  Weighing in at just over 1.5 pounds, the Latitude 10 is just slightly heavier than the latest generation of iPad (1.46 pounds). 

Intel's upcoming Atom processor, the Z2670, will be at the core of the design and will be based on the "Clover Trail" design, a slightly faster and updated version of "Medfield" we have seen implemented on mobile phones early in 2012.  With dual-cores capable of HyperThreading, and the ability to enter into "Burst Mode" which offers "quick bursts of extra performance when called upon", the Atom Z2670 should be capable of presenting a reasonable Windows 8 experience.  

Other specifications include 2 GB of DDR2-800 lower power memory, up to a 128 GB SSD, 2 and 4 cell swappable batteries and front plus rear facing cameras.  

With Computex 2012 right around the corner in Taipei, Taiwan, we expect to see quite a few more tablets and hybrid machines based on Windows 8 including Intel Atom-powered devices as well as ARM-based devices running Windows 8 RT. 

Source: Neowin.net
May 29, 2012 | 08:45 AM - Posted by cyke1 (not verified)

spec's seem good, but have to see how well HD playback is, battery life and how much they want for it.

May 29, 2012 | 09:08 AM - Posted by Veer Maharaj (not verified)

Is it just me or does every PC company think people want atoms with their tabs? I want a Core i3 or a E-450at least... I want a little oomph under the hood.

1366x768 resolution ... really? I'm getting android tabs with 1280x800 IPS PANELS and that's what you wanna be competitive with!?!? and if you're gonna give us TN at least make it 1600x900!!

May 29, 2012 | 01:28 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Atom is improving a bit and Clover Field should be better than what you have seen in the past, though I can't say by how much. The reason they pick them though is for much better battery life, not performance.

May 29, 2012 | 01:44 PM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

That is true, battery life is an issue. The Asus Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 PC tablet only gets about ~3 hr on a charge under ideal conditions. Still price is an issue as well and Intel Atom is more palatable price wise.

Also, for what its worth, the new iPad has a nice screen and I do notice the difference side by side with the first gen iPad but it isn’t something that makes much of a difference in everyday use IMO.

May 29, 2012 | 10:02 AM - Posted by pdjblum

Sounds like a netbook without a cover, a keyboard and a trackpad. Agreed on screen specs. What are they thinking?

May 29, 2012 | 01:23 PM - Posted by OctaveanActually (not verified)

I think price vs. spec is really the issue here as I’m sure it makes sense for companies like Dell to feel out the market first. After all Asus didn’t hit the ground running with the Eee pad Transformer TF700 with 1920x1200 res they instead started with a lower spec model with 1280 x 800. The same goes for Apple and the iPad.

A higher spec screen also can result in the necessity of additional higher spec hardware like an improved video subsystem and backlighting. If the price doesn’t go up for the product then the manufacturer has a smaller profit margin.

I agree that most probably want a Core i3, i5 or i7 over an Atom when it comes to x86 / x64 PC tablets but are those asking for it also willing to pay the price for it? I have an Asus Eee Slate EP121 tablet PC with the following specs:

Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz Turbo Boost up to 1.86GHz), 1280 x 800, 12.1” LED backlighting, 4GB DDR3 64GB mSATA SSD and so on,….

This was about ~$1100 when it was still in production. The Samsung Series 7 Windows 7 tablet is a more modern line of Tablet PC with Sandy Bridge chips and a similar price (although slightly higher). I expect we will be seeing Ivy Bridge versions soon,….

Anyway, this is well outside the range that many people are willing to pay.

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