Windows 8.1 Tablets with 64-bit Atom Chips Set for Q1 2014

Microsoft Windows 8.1 | Official Website

Microsoft Windows 8.1 | Official Website

It seems that buyers looking for Windows 8.1 tablet with Intel’s new Bay Trail Atom chip will have to wait until early next year. That’s because Intel execs stated last Wednesday that the first wave of their latest processor will only use the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1.

According to the principal analyst of Insight 64, Nathan Brookwood, the reason for such move is Microsoft’s limited software. The Windows 8.1’s feature called Connected Standby is available only for the 32-bit version. This feature allows the device to be in sleep mode and wake up instantly. However, the company is set to bring the Connected Standby feature for the 64-bit version in early 2014.

Meanwhile, Intel Mobile Communication Group’s General Manager of Tablets, Chris Walker, revealed that the company is developing a separate Bay Trail processor for the 64-bit Windows 8.1. The tablet chip is set to be released on the first quarter of 2014.

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