Microsoft details Windows 8 tablet hardware requirements


It looks like Microsoft actually let the Windows 8 tablet hardware requirements hit the public last month but I must have missed it, so let’s take a look at the minimum we’ll see from upcoming href=”” rel=”homepage” target=”_blank” title=”Windows”>Windows 8 tablets.
First of all, I think we’re going to see a lot of these things. We were just at CES 2012 and the glut of Android tablets was a bit less than last year, as many major device makers were waiting for the Windows 8 software to come out. Sure, it’s not going to be free like Android but Windows 8 has the ability to be instantly appealing to mainstream consumers because it’s Windows – love it or hate it, people know what Windows is. Now that it will be compatible with ARM chips, we can expect a variety of tablets to hit the market.
According to WithinWindows, these Windows 8 tablets will all have to have a 5-point digitizer for input, NFC “touch marks,” five hardware buttons (Power, Rotation lock, Windows Key, Volume up, Volume down), a button combo for the CTRL+ALT+DEL command, 2 second resume (for Intel chips) and no reboot driver upgrades. We can also expect:

  • Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes
  • System firmware: UEFI
  • Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
  • Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver
  • Resolution: 1366×768
  • Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests
  • Camera: 720p
  • Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz
  • Gyroscope
  • USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port
  • Speakers

Microsoft is taking a similar approach to its Windows Phone by laying out the hardware requirements for tablets but if you’re looking to use Windows 8 on a desktop, you should be fine on any setup that can use Windows 7. These sound like decent tablet specs, what do you think?
[Via Engadget, WithinWindows]

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