Microsoft is showing off new Windows hardware at a Tech-Ed developer conference in New Zealand, including a quad-core slate device and laptops with flexible metal screens.
Blogger Alan Burchill posted photos of the hardware at his blog, which I learned about via Mary Jo Foley.
The hardware will probably be fully unveiled in September at the Build Windows event showcasing Windows 8, which is coming out in 2012.
But the quad-core tablet device will come out sooner, by the end of the year, running Windows 7, according to a Microsoft-produced video (below) from Tech-Ed that Mary Jo called out. She also speculated that the quad-core devices could be hardware that developers are given at the Build conference to test Windows 8 and start developing applications for the new operating system.
Qualcomm, Intel, Nvidia and AMD all announced quad-core mobile hardware earlier this year. Nvidia was to begin producing its quad mobile processors in August and Qualcomm was going to begin shipping quad-core Snapdragon systems by the end of the year, according to Silicon.com.
Pricing of the Windows tablets wasn’t disclosed but the video provides clues to selling points that Microsoft will emphasize to compete with the iPad and other tablet devices.
One of the devices shown has a replaceable battery that is described as being more sustainable than the fixed iPad battery, and all the Window devices have enterprise management tools. Another has 1080p video and all-day battery life, and the laptops highlighted have solid-state hard drives for ultrafast startup.
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