Some very impressive stuff shown during the Microsoft Build conference webcast.
It’s given me a renewed interest in Core-M tablets from China, especially the upcoming 4:3 iPad clone, the Onda V919 (which will probably also have models from Teclast and CUBE).
My interest was also piqued by a video from Hendrickson, which is available after the break.
Clearly Core-M is more powerful than the X-series of Atom CPUs:
Compare that to Chippy’s experience with the first Z-series Atom on a small tablet:
Of course some will argue this is apples versus oranges — a Core-M tablet has more RAM, faster SSD for storage, etc. But still. In less than a year, a China tablet has much more power. Yeah, the price is higher too. Yet again: But still.
I’m not sure any tablet from China will be worth buying until Windows 10 is pre-installed. Early adopters who begin with Windows 8.x and do the free upgrade to 10 might run into the kind of problems first buyers of the Onda V975i ran into. Better to wait and make sure they’ve got all the hardware revisions shaken out first.
I think with Windows 10 we’ll see Chinese companies releasing phones with it too. Given how kick-ass Android phones from China have become, imagine the application “flexibility” of Windows 10 on a kick-ass phone connected to a large monitor. We could really be moving to that mythical time where a phone replaces a desktop for most people. And not just in their pocket — but at home, connected to a large screen.
Also: How soon will iOS and Android app developers shift their apps to Windows 10-compatible versions too? That capability is a potential market-upsetting earthquake in itself.
Same-day update: Chippy chimes in: Post-PC, ultra-mobile PC and very, very disruptive. The Windows 10 Continuum demo at BUILD 2015 was mind-blowing.