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Android and Windows 8.1 tablets based on Intel's new Bay Trail platform will be out soon, and visitors to the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco were given a chance to get hands on with early prototypes.
The eight-inch Android and 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablets on show promised to deliver around 10 hours of general from a 30 watt-hour battery, as well as better performance than earlier Intel-based tablets thanks to improvements to the processor design and how the Bay Trail system on a chip is manufactured.
Intel Bay Trail is designed to go inside tablets and convertible laptop/tablets priced below $599, and is expected to be used inside tablets ranging down to below $100 in price. For more expensive tablets Intel has the higher priced Haswell Core family of processor, which Intel says should "deliver 2x scalability" beyond Bay Trail for general tasks.
The first Bay Trail tablets will be available to buy during the Christmas holiday season this year.
Here is one of Intel's reference designs for a Bay Trail tablet running the Android Jelly Bean OS, on display at IDF.