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Intel 64-bit Bay Trail Processors to Power New Line of Tablets Coming This Spring

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During an earnings call with investors, Intel’s CEO gave word that consumers should be on the lookout for new Android tablets hitting the market, powered by the new Bay Trail 64-bit processor. The CEO mentioned that the tablets should be around in the spring time, so we could be seeing a few goodies shown off during MWC this year.

If you will recall at last year’s MWC, Intel announced its dual-core Atom line of chips, which was used in one of ASUS’ Fonepad devices. Up until now, the 32-bit counterparts of this chip have been pretty limited to just Windows tablets, but it appears that Intel changed up its focus to other operating systems sometime during development of the silicon. 

As for speculation on what tablets we could see the Bay Trail get thrown into, your guess is as good as ours. But with that said, there aren’t many makers out there who are producing popular Android tablets. There is ASUS, Acer, LG, and maybe just a few others that don’t have commitments to their own in-house chips like Samsung has.

64-bit is definitely making its way to Android this year.

Via: Ars Technica
  • BrianCherry

    I’m looking for 64bit tablets but I’m not looking for 64bit Android tablets. A 64bit Lenovo Thinkpad 8 would be the perfect device. Unless Android can get some better feature like Full Windows, I don’t really see the point of 4GB of RAM. Especially if you can only show one app at a time and can’t even run Netflix in the background.

    • Eric Taylor

      Please understand the importance of intel chips. Most legacy software is written on and for intel cpus. Myself, I am a linux aficionado. Most power users I know are. Arm chips are terrific and have their place in the scheme of things. But the only significant advantage over intel chips were efficiency. Lower power drain, longer battery life. But with the introduction of Bay Trail that advantage isn’t. All legacy software runs on an intel chip. No need to cross-compile. It doesn’t matter how efficient, cool, cheap or whatever a cpu is if my favorite program(s) won’t run on it. Cross compiling for a target architecture can be a pain in the posterior. Your arse and mine. Mine for trying to cross compile, yours for asking “Why aren’t there drivers for this?” See?
      And as far as 64bit tablets/computers one not only needs an accompanying 64bit OS but at least 4gb of ram. I have ran it with 2 but ram was right up against the 2 gb usage mark with a single program running and it was swapping like crazy. Also ppl tend to think that a 64bit setup automagically equates to faster program execution. It does not. First off programs have to be written to take advantage of handling larger data chunks, etc. In real life a given program could run slower or not at all. Most companies use 32bit OS because as soon as they would ship with 64bit ppl would scream. Many ppl, finding out their favorite games or programs no longer work or work poorly.
      Now I must retire to yoga…breathing slowly while waiting for ubuntu to finally hit tablets this year. First on the new nexus 7 2014. Eventually on an intel tablet. Oh the fat lady is standing outside Redmond Washington and she brought along all her obese relatives. And they’re going to be singing a fat fare-thee-well to one fat obese winblows!
      And before anyone sticks their foot in their mouth and say android is better than linux. Do know that android IS linux. A stripped down version, but essentially linux. Yes, really!

  • master94

    4GB of ram or 64 bit is a waste. Cant wait for these new super phones

    • Adrynalyne

      So…you can’t wait for these superphones, but 4GB of ram or 64 bit is a waste?

      Your statement seems to conflict.

      • master94

        If you read carefully you will see I used the word or, as in if there isn’t 4GB of ram in the phone than 64 bit CPU is of no use.

  • socalrailroader

    My Lenovo Miix 2 8 is running the 64-Bit Bay Trail CPU, Z3740.

    • lifeisgoodforme100

      Yes but isnt that windows?

    • DoctorJB

      Tim didn’t know that all Bay Trails are 64bit and these android tablets will be using the chips that came out six months ago.

  • DoctorJB

    Aren’t all Bay Trail CPUs 64 bit? The only reason they use 32bit Windows is because the wifi standby driver wasn’t ready in time for 8.1′s release.
    Ars explains:http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/01/64-bit-baytrail-powered-android-tablets-to-arrive-this-spring/

    • Maxim∑

      Yes I thought that to, not sure what bay trail has to do with android as it already could be 64x but no one did it both dell and hp right now have intel processors in their android tablets . It wasn’t due to the wifi driver for everyone. They opted for 32x mostly due to RAM and internal storage. plus with the amazing app selection…… There was no reason to go 64 bit

      • DoctorJB

        The DL article reads like the 64bit versions are brand new chips rather than the same chips we’ve already seen (and bench-marked) on windows coming to android.

        • andy

          That’s because the person who wrote the DL article didn’t know Bay Trail chips hace always been 64-bit because he didn’t know why Windows devices were using 32-bit Windows. It’s just a misinformed author.

      • orange

        Typing this on an iPad Air I got for a Christmas gift. I have to say going 64-bit with only 1 GB of RAM was a bad idea. It runs out of RAM all the time especially while using the web browser with multiple tabs. There is even a long thread here about it: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5532206?start=0&tstart=0

        Good thing this iPad was free and I at least get HD streams with the Amazon Video app. Other than those, the tablet sucks. To tell that to the person who gave it to me though :) .

        • Maxim∑

          I also got a free iPad air for Christmas lol. I agree the RAM is a bit low. I was shocked Apple didn’t put 2GB but I think they might be putting 1GB of DDR4 RAM in there next gen products because of some recent patents. iPad air is still the best tablet I have ever used, great display battery life and performance if you ignore the low memory crashing occasionally. The tablet market kind of sucks right now for android besides the N7 2013 and LG gpad. Good news is we can resell our airs and probably by the next gen nexus 10 for free.

          Apple increases CPU speed by 100mhz doubles the GPU speed but puts the same amount of RAM as on the 5S, makes no sense. I hope they stop making iPad an enlarged iPhone and work on bringing basic stuff like mouse support a file system etc..

          • orange

            Honestly, right now, I wouldn’t get any tablet if I were the one paying. I can’t find much uses for them yet.

            As for the iPad, all I know is some apps crash with low memory and my browser tabs get force refreshed when I switch to them due to being killed off when memory is low. I sometimes lose form data I was typing when a tab is force refreshed and have to retype it all. 64-bit + 1 GB RAM was a very bad design choice.

            Well, I’m off to find uses for this thing. I hear there’re a lot of good games (not just casual games) so I’ll try to find them and see how true that is.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Unannounced N10.

  • Jeff

    I’m hoping Intel’s open source drivers will allow these tablets to be kept updated longer either officially or by 3rd party ROMs. With ARM devices, the proprietary drivers that are often not updated hold back devices’ ability to be kept updated to newer Android versions. So even 3rd party ROMs can’t be made or have things not working well or at all.

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    • Alan

      Maybe, before Intel can make fully open source Atom chips for smartphones, ARM vendors and OEMs will finally work together to standardize the platform and even open things up more. Right now, the upcoming Silvermont based smartphone Atoms called Merrifield will still be using the closed PowerVR GPUs. At least it has Intel based LTE.

      Maybe next year, Intel will have a fully open SoC. With that, the open nature of the chip may make them more desirable for OEMs and even smartphone enthusiasts (ie. easier to port newer versions of Android and have all hardware working properly).

  • Jim890

    Looking forward to this.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Now can we please get some good tablet apps to make use of these processors?

    • Chris

      ACTUAL tablet apps not blown up smartphone apps.

      • matthew william

        Who DOESNT want tablet apps on a tablet?

        such silly silly people

        • Chris

          Some people like to have phone apps on large screens for some reason

          • andy

            That’s probably because there were no tablet version.

  • John Legere

    I’m waiting to see what Qualcomm has up their sleeves.

    • Chris

      competition is good.

      • John Legere

        Qualcomm and Nvidia is enough competition. Intel is a little late, and doesn’t offer anything worthwhile.

        • matthew william

          intel needs to die

          • Maxim∑

            are you trolling?

        • Dave

          Nvidia represents a tiny fraction of SOC in the industry. I’d venture to say even Exynos clobbers them in market share.

        • Adrynalyne

          No such thing as enough competition. That is how things stagnate.

          • John Legere

            I think somebody is using your name.

          • Adrynalyne

            How do you figure?

          • John Legere

            There should be another post in here. One has your name in red, and then again in grey.

          • Adrynalyne

            Interesting. Thanks.

        • Maxim∑

          The latest bay trail processors are pretty nice with some major graphics performance upgrades I think they might become more relevant as more windows tablets come out. There is also exynos and Apples AX which is competitive

          • John Legere

            Exynos is embarrassing, and who cares what Apple has?

    • Adrynalyne

      Yep. We’ll see soon enough!

      • Adrynalyne

        Fake ass slut. Go back to your momma.

      • Adrynalyne

        Fake account. Grow up.