HP, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung to unveil 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets by month-end
Some of the most prominent PC makers are reportedly going to unveil Windows 8.1 tablets running on Intel's Bay Trail 64-bit chip.
Despite the availability of a 64-bit processor, most of the Windows 8.1 tablets have been running in 32-bit mode.
According to Cnet, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are some of the PC manufacturers which are expected to show the Intel 'Bay Trail' tablet with the 64-bit processor at Mobile World Congress towards the end of February.
One of the reasons to shift to 64-bit includes access to more memory, beyond the typical 32-bit mode offering 4GB limit.
However, another reason for the 64-bit push in tablets is because IT organizations want to standardize on 64-bit images and 64-bit apps, which cannot be achieved with the current Bay Trail tablets, an analyst at Insight 64 noted.
Dell would be rolling out updated Venue tablets for 64-bit, while Microsoft is also said to unveil its own 64-bit running Windows 8.1 devices on Atom.
The report said that the race to 64-bit in mobile devices has taken on new urgency after Apple announced the 64-bit A7 processor powering its iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina last year.
(Posted on 13-02-2014)