Qualcomm has issued a press release today indicating that Windows RT 8.1 tablet devices will hit later this year, powered by the new Snapdragon 800 processor. While Snapdragon made no mention of which manufacturer would be utilizing the new processor for the Windows RT 8.1 tablets, but obviously one can expect a nice flurry of tablets and hybrids.
“Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors feature an integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE modem and CPU speeds of up to 2.2 GHz per core. Other capabilities include USB 3.0 and support for Windows RT 8.1 features and services,” the press release stated. “Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and Windows RT 8.1 are designed to enable OEMs to differentiate their newest products and offer outstanding mobile user experiences. New devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors and Windows RT 8.1 are expected to be available later this year,” the press release adds.
In other words, expect to see Windows RT 8.1 tablets powered by the Snapdragon 800 processor, offering four cores with 2.2GHz per core, USB 3.0 support, 4G/3G/LTE integration, and support for high resolution displays of 2560 x 2048 resolutions.
Microsoft is excited to continue its work with Qualcomm, especially since Windows RT 8.1 is right around the corner. “The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors support our commitment to providing our customers with best-in-class capabilities. Our customers will now have the opportunity to leverage the numerous advantages of these new processors, including integrated 4G/LTE connectivity and outstanding device performance,” Microsoft’s Mike Anguilo, Corporate Vice President of Planning and PC Ecosystem, stated in the press release.
No word on exactly what kind of devices we can expect and from which manufacturer. If you have been holding out for a new tablet/hybrid, expect to see some great variety later this year.Further reading: Microsoft, Qualcomm, Windows RT