Today Microsoft provided a detailed glimpse of Windows 8.1 at Computex. One of the devices shown off is a 7-inch tablet code named “Lyon” by ODM Inventec. It is important to note that this is a reference design only, and it is not something that will not be directly sold to consumers. Not only is this the first 7-inch Windows 8 tablet shown, but also among one of the first tablet’s running Intel’s next generation quad core Bay Trail Atom processor, running at 1.66 GHz in this case.
As for other specifics for this device, it is 1280 x 800 IPS display (216 ppi), 2 GB RAM, 64 or 128 SSD which can be expanded with via a microSD slot, and wireless N WiFi on board. In addition, there is a webcam on the front and a rear-view camera with a dual-LED Flash. The tablet is made entirely of aluminum and comes in four colors. The dimensions of the tablet are 20 cm x 12 cm and 11 mm thick, weighing in around 470 grams. Currently it sports a 2400 mAh battery which gives it 3.5 hours of video playbook and 5 hours idle time. Inventec says this will be changed and improved with batter hardware and optimized drivers to achieve 10 hours runtime.
Interestingly enough in the demo, the tablet was running Windows 8 build 9200 (not Windows 8.1). However it is likely it will run Windows 8.1, and since it a ‘smaller’ device, it will get Office 2013 preinstalled. Here is a video demoing the tablet:
These smaller tablets can be sold at very compelling price point, i.e. under $350. With very low price points it becomes easier to compete with Android and sell high volumes of product. In addition this makes an interesting case for the ‘phablet.’ With a device this small, who wants to carry around an additional phone? Would you be interested in a device similar to this? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Mobile Geeks, read their full post with more information and plenty of pictures