64-bit Windows 8.1 Tablets Are Coming

At least one PC maker is expected to unveil an Intel Bay Trail tablet running 64-bit Windows 8.1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Dell, Samsung, HP, and Lenovo are some of the most prominent Windows 8.1 tablet manufacturers that offer devices that use Intel's Bay Trail CPU. Today, these Windows 8.1 tablets have been running in 32-bit mode.

Of course, the primary reason to run in 64-bit mode is so that an application can address more memory, beyond the 4GB limit of a 32-bit OS. Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, said:

"The pressure for 64-bit, even in tablets that might not have 4GB of DRAM, is pretty strong because IT organizations want to standardize on 64-bit images and 64-bit apps. And they can't do that with (the current) Bay Trail tablets."

A Dell spokesperson has confirmed that it will roll out updates to its Venue tablet line, giving them 64-bit support, by the end of this year.

Apple announced its first 64-bit mobile OS and mobile CPU, the A7 processor, in September, and the later rolled out the technology to their iPad lineup. Many people have been wondering, who the first Android device manufacturer will be to support 64-bit.

[via CNET]

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