Windows 8.1 Tablets with Intel Bay Trail 64-bit Chips Coming in Q1 2014

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

Intel is preparing for 2014 with Intel Bay Trail chips that the company is expected to unveil in the first quarter of the next year. But what’s interesting is that besides Windows 8.1, Android is also targeted

Get ready for a 2014 filled with awesome Windows 8 tablets!

Get ready for a 2014 filled with awesome Windows 8 tablets!


During an investor meeting in Santa Clara, California, which was webcast, Brian Krzanich, the new CEO of Intel, has revealed a part of Intel’s plans for the beginning of the next year. According to him, tablets with 64-bit versions of the Bay Trail chips will become available next year. Intel is developing a 64-bit version of the Android OS to work with Bay Trail chips, that will be released after Bay Trail tablets with a 64-bit version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 will be unveiled in Q1 of 2014.

What’s interesting is that Intel said that Android tablets with Bay Trail could be available starting at $150, so this means that Intel keeps the price affordable for its new 64-bit chips. At such a low price tag, it’s quite possible that 2014 will be the year when the tablet market will see a huge boost in number of users.

64-bit chips are capable of supporting more than the 4GB of RAM that 32-bit chips are limited to, which will make place for intense gaming and 4K Ultra HD support on Windows 8.1 and Android tablets. Intel didn’t mention when exactly will we see the first 64-bit Bay Trail Android or Windows 8.1 tablet, but the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2014 could be a potential place.Hermann Eul, Intel’s general manager, mobile and communications group, speaking at the company’s investor day on Thursday said the following

It’s not only about Windows 64-bit, we’ve been talking about Android as well. We have 64-bit Windows shipping next quarter and, needless to say, we’ll run fast to make this happen on Android as well.

Kraznich also said that sales of Intel based tablets will quadruple next year, to more than 40 million, which is definitely going to put a huge pressure on the iPad’s shoulders.

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