COMPUTEX 14: Intel Llama Mountain 10" & 12.5" Tablets

#1 Edited by NVIDIATI (7854 posts) -

At Computex 2014, Intel has revealed their Llama Mountain prototype tablets. Llama Mountain is based off of Intel's 14 nm Core M (Broadwell Y), which is the successor to Intel's 22 nm Haswell Y. The Core M chip operates at 60% lower TDP than Haswell Y. Core M will offer a 20% to 40% performance increase, and one to two additional hours of battery life.

Intel's design allows the device to overclock itself based on the orientation and optimal thermal distributions (examples: when the device is in the keyboard dock, or in the desktop dock with active cooling).

Intel has shown off two different sizes, both using the same Core M chip.

12.5" model:

  • Weight - 670 g (1.47 lbs)
  • Thickness - 7.2 mm (0.28")

10" model:

  • Weight - 550 g (1.21 lbs)
  • Thickness - 6.8 mm (0.27")

For comparison,

iPad Air:

  • Weight - 469 g (1.05 lbs)
  • Thickness - 7.5 mm (0.29")

iPad 4:

  • Weight - 652 g (1.44 lbs)
  • Thickness - 9.4 mm (0.37")

Intel Core M (Broadwell Y), will be in devices before the end of the year with prices expected to start from under $700 USD.

Intel's budget devices will be powered by their next Atom SoC, 14 nm Cherry Trail-T (the successor to the 22 nm Bay Trail-T).

#3 Edited by NVIDIATI (7854 posts) -

@scottpsfan14 said:

Am I to understand that this can run windows applications? Just like a laptop?

Of course. Every Windows tablet that has an Intel chip inside is running a complete version of Windows. Intel only makes x86-64 chips.

#4 Posted by musicalmac (23636 posts) -

That's darn impressive in terms of weight and mobility. The future is going to be frickin' awesome.

#5 Posted by NVIDIATI (7854 posts) -

@musicalmac said:

That's darn impressive in terms of weight and mobility. The future is going to be frickin' awesome.

Indeed, Intel's recent chips are just another nail in Windows RT's coffin. Microsoft made a mistake when trying to bring their OS over to ARM.

With full Windows 8.1 devices starting from prices as low as $150 (Toshiba's Encore 7 tablet is using Intel's entry level Bay Trail SoC, the Z3735E), I think we're going to see some very interesting developments in the tablet market over the next year.