Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Requirements Revealed

January 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft has issued a set of hardware requirements for the Windows 8 tablets and convertibles. It’s pretty standard, with no big surprises, compared with the fairly strict requirements for the Windows Phone.

According to the Microsoft documentation, a convertible form factor is defined as a standalone device that combines the PC, display and rechargeable power source with a mechanically attached keyboard and pointing device in a single chassis.

A convertible can be transformed into a tablet where the attached input devices are hidden or removed leaving the display as the only input mechanism.

Tablets must have five hardware buttons: power, rotation lock, Windows Key, volume up, volume down. The tablet should have a display of at least 1366×768 pixels. Microsoft says the minimum native resolution/color depth is 1366×768 at a depth of 32bits. Also Microsoft needs five-finger multi-touch and 720p cameras.

There should be at least 10GB of free space, WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) for networking, at least one USB 2.0 controller and exposed port, a 720p camera, and a combination of gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and magnetometer.

If a mobile broadband device is integrated into a tablet or convertible system, then an assisted GPS radio is required.

Also, ARM based tablet users won’t be able to deactivate secure booting and install another operating system. Well, that is not exactly cool.

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