IDF Tech Zone: Ivy Bridge Windows 8 Tablets, Ultrabooks, 4K Video on HTPCs, Hands On with Haswell
Yesterday we spent time with Intel's Performance Engineering and Benchmark teams discussing what encompasses a satisfying user experience on the ultra-mobile platforms that are all the rage in the market today. On display were a number Windows 8-driven tablets powered by Intel, as well as an Acer Ultrabook that captivated us not only with its super thin and light profile but also with the utility and fluidity of the Windows 8 user interface driven by ultra low power Ivy Bridge Core i3 and Atom processors. Gaze upon the stills but check in with Francios for a demo just below...
Intel Core i3 Windows 8 Tablet (left) - Acer Touch-Enabled Windows 8 Core i3 Ultrabook (right)
Intel Demos 4K HD Video Playback on Ivy Bridge HTPC, updated Drivers to Be Released In December
Intel Haswell 4th Generation Core Processor Gaming (left), Lenovo IdeaCenter 27 w/ Win 8 Touch (Right)
We also spent some time playing Skyrim on an Intel Haswell powered gaming PC. Graphics settings were dialed up at 1920X1080 with High Quality settings on the Haswell-powered machine, while an adjacent Ivy Bridge machine was set to 1366X768 at Medium settings. Even at the higher image quality and resolution, the Haswell machine was noticeably faster and smoother.
Finally, Lenovo's gorgeous 27-inch IdeaCenter All-in-One PC was running several Windows 8 touch-powered applications that demonstrated the future appeal of a touch UI combined with a traditional computing experience with keyboard support etc. It's clear, Intel is behind Windows 8 full bore. The good news is, in our opinion, Windows 8 is evolving into a more fluid, cohesive experience rather than a jarring disconnect from the Windows desktop we know and love today. It will take a combination of ecosystem partners with optimized hardware, firmware and software to bring it all to fruition, but there was no mistaking, Intel seems hell-bent on making that happen. More from IDF as we get even more touchy-feely with Intel's latest creations in the days ahead.