Last month Intel took the covers off its next-generation Atom microarchitecture, codename Silvermont. The first consumer implementation of Silvermont will be Bay Trail, a quad-core SoC for tablets. At Computex, Intel demonstrated its own Bay Trail-T reference platform: a 10-inch 2560 x 1440 tablet, weighing 611 grams and about the thickness of a 3rd/4th generation iPad (Intel wouldn't provide specific measurements, but it felt close).

This reference design is a huge step for low end Windows 8 tablets as well as Intel. If Intel's reference design uses a 2560 x 1440 panel, it's safe to say that at least some of its customers will do the same. The fact that Intel is also showing the reference platform running the latest version of Android means that we'll finally see Intel go after the Android tablet market as well.

It's too early to talk about performance or battery life, but Intel promises that both will be very good.

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  • kyuu - Friday, June 7, 2013 - link

    "If Intel's reference design uses a 2560 x 1440 panel, it's safe to say that at least some of its customers will do the same."

    Is it? I wouldn't think OEMs would give a rat's arse what Intel does with their reference tablet.
  • haukionkannel - Friday, June 7, 2013 - link

    It is something to compare with... Thre will be some with terrible panlel at low resolution, but it is guiet likely that there will some really good ones too. Just like ultrabook is not for everyone, but it gives some parameters that are guidelines. Those 300$ tablets are definitely not using a screen like this, but higher end version difinitely want to have more pixels just for advertisement purpose. The best thing is that bay trail can support resolutions like this!
  • TheJian - Saturday, June 8, 2013 - link

    It's a total bummer they are going above 1080p. How slow do you want my games to run? Useless for all but app stuff, just like my dad's nexus 10 comes up short usually. I wish they would stop trying to dwarf my desktop with a SOC. I will be able to see 1440p on a 27/30in monitor, but what the heck do I need this for on a 10in screen? You are just slowing down my fun until at best 14nm socs. I'd rather have 1080p and far more graphical affects in the games (not that baytrail can even handle 1080p great...We'll see).
  • zeo - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    We'll, you can always set the game to a lower resolution!

    You don't have to play most games at native resolution and it should still look good on most screens, especially the smaller ones...

    As for 1080P... Intel actually demoed Bay Trail system running Torchlight 2 at 1080P and running smoothly!

    So you can expect to at least be able to run games at that range and maybe a few higher up at lowest settings...
  • albruni - Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - link

    what is the brand name and what is the model of this bay trail based tablet.

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