Microsoft Exhibited 7-inch Bay Trail Windows 8 Tablet at Computex 2013


Computex 2013 has recently showed us devices with cutting edge technologies and features. Asus and Acer revealed their laptop and ultrabook along with Hybrid PC/tablet and kindled joy among many tech geeks. However, they were not the only ones to be the apple of the eye in the Computex 2013. There was one more company that showed its elegance with the introduction of a tablet featuring Windows 8.1 OS.

Yes! The talk is about the Taiwanese OEM Inventec that demoed reference design of a concept tablet called "Lyon".


To go by the specs, this so called Lyon tablet is powered by a 22nm quad-core Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 1.66GHz and has 2GB of RAM. The device is said to have 1280 x 800 resolution IPS screen and can be expected to come with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

Microsoft Exhibited 7-inch Bay Trail Windows 8 Tablet at Computex 2013

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Reportedly, Lyon was displayed during Microsoft's keynote. The 7-inch Lyon can only manage about 3.5 hours of video playback. However, Inventec claimed that the hardware and driver optimizations would boost that degree.

There is a range of connectivity options despite the Lyon's smaller size. The tablet features WiFi and the model that Inventec showed at Computex 2013 housed a micro USB host port, HDMI output and reports say that it's ready and willing to install front and rear-facing cameras.

It is also said that the Bay Trail tablets are expected to run both on Windows 8.1 and Android, and the screen size of these devices should be around 7 to 10-inches. When it comes down to the price it is reported to come around $199, which is supposedly the perfect price for Windows 8.1 tablets.

In fact, Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, during a news conference at Computex in Taipei on Wednesday said, "We believe we can push it well below the $199 price point". Furthermore, he also said that the Bay Trail-powered tablets does not only allow for a cost effective selling price, but also for increased battery life. Users should expect to experience eight hours or more of battery life in active usage, and weeks on standby.


Other features are that Bay Trail Windows 8.1 tablets will support 3D games along with running Microsoft Office 2013. The new chips will also be two times faster than the current Atom chipsets, and three times faster on graphics.

Talking about the Intel's new Bay Trail chips, reports suggested that this chip is not only for tablets, but for smartphones as well. It was said that the first tablets powered by the new chipset should show up in a Samsung Android device and a tablet with the Asus brand name.

The Lyon tablet however has to face 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 tablet, which is currently the only other "small" Windows 8 device unveiled at the Computex 2013 show. Take a look at the demo video below:

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