Qualcomm S4 tablet running Windows RT

Qualcomm has tweaked its Snapdragon developer tablet to a dual-core variant, and is using it to demonstrate Microsoft's Windows RT, which is meant for ARM-based devices.

Qualcomm's reference tablet running Bing Maps.
(Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET Asia)

Qualcomm's developer tablet was previously announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February. The slate was then running Android, and used the quad-core version of the S4 processor.

The slate now uses the APQ8060A version of its S4 processor, which lacks the modem found on the processor used in smartphones like the HTC One XL. Both cores are clocked at 1.5GHz, which gives the tablet a smooth feel when interacting with the Windows RT Metro interface.

The dock adds extra connectors such as HDMI and Ethernet.
(Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET)

The only snag we noticed occurred when the tablet was playing back a 1080p video. Halfway into the clip, the reference unit suffered from a massive drop in frame rate, resulting in a stuttering video. Since this is a prototype unit, it's likely that these bugs will be ironed out when manufacturers release their own tablets with the S4 chipset.

Lastly, the developer tablet's dock props the slate up, and adds additional connectivity via HDMI, an Ethernet port and extra USB slots.

Via CNET Asia

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