By Vamien McKalin | Jun 01, 2013 04:28 PM EDT
Ever since the smartphone and tablet market kicked off, Intel has struggling to catch up with rival ARM, but nothing seems to be paying off as ARM chipsets control the majority of the smartphone and tablets market share. The question is, how does Intel plan on bringing the fight to ARM? The first step is with its newly announced Haswell chipset for desktops, notebooks, and tablet devices.
The new Intel Haswell CPUs have been designed to give touchscreen PC users the battery life and graphics they need. If you look at the majority of Windows 8 tablets and laptops, they come with a whole lot of power. However, the battery life on these devices are a true disappointment compared to Android tablets and iPads running ARM.
According to The Verge, new Intel Haswell CPUs will have battery life that is 20 times more efficient than Sandy Bridge, which means a user should get at least 3 extra hours of HD playback. Intel also promises that users would be able to leave their tablet or notebook on sleep mode for a full 10 days on a single charge, but this we have to see.
Intel didn't only focus on increasing battery life. The company went ahead and also increased its GPU powers. Intel 4th gen core processors will come pre-packed with the company's HD Graphics 5000 GPU that is similar to NVIDIA's GTX 650M. According to The Verge, "it manages 37 frames per second on average in Tomb Raider at 1366 x 768 and medium, 60FPS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at 1080p and medium, and only falls a little short with BioShock Infinite at 27FPS at 1366 x 768 and low."
With these low-powered processors from Intel, users can expect to see thinner devices. We already have an idea of what Haswell devices could look like with the newly announced Razer Blade gaming laptop, a machine that took the crown of being the thinnest gaming laptop of all time. It is pretty incredible when you take into consideration that the Razer Blade is powered by a fast Intel Haswell processor, and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 765M GPU.
Windows 8 tablet devices won't require that amount of power, so they have the potential to be a lot thinner and we could be finally on the verge of seeing a super-thin Microsoft Surface tablet with really great battery life.
Intel could have finally found a way to compete with ARM where battery life is concerned, but what about price? If tablets with Intel Haswell at the core are unable to hit the $399 price point, everything mentioned here could be for naught.
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