Windows 8 might require a minimum resolution of 1366x768 pixels on tablets

Windows 8 preview will support only a 1366x768 pixel supporting tablet which needs to be running on Intel processors
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

It seems like the Windows 8 version for the tablets might be on its path towards the last stages of development. The Windows 8 Preview is on its way for the developers. So the interested developers are now searching for tablets on which they will try the latest windows version.

For now the preview will only be released for the Intel tablets the ARM version of Windows 8 will not be released now. According to Steve Sinofsky, Windows chief, the ARM version will be made available for only the manufacturers.

Microsoft has also made it clear that the tablets need to be supporting 1366x768 pixels of resolution or an aspect ratio of 16:9, which seems to be a mandatory requirement. Sinofsky explains that they have selected the 1366 x 768 resolution as it can fit the width of a snapped application which is 320pixels, next to a main application at 1024x768pixels.

The Snap feature is a newly introduced application which is even not available in iPads. This feature is capable of running two applications on the screen at once. One of the application gets about one third of the screen while the other the remaining part of the screen minus the right hand Charms bar.

Now the fact is there are only a few tablets available in the market that provide the resolution of 1366x768. Most of the tablets available in the market mainly offer a resolution of 1280x800. Among these few we have Samsung Slate 7 and Dell Inspiron Duo a convertible, which satisfies both the criteria of being an Intel processor device and also supporting 1366x768 pixels of resolution.

However the Samsung slate is a bit pricey and the Inspiron Duo is reported to have a very low battery backup so for testing purpose it is going to be tough for the developers to get a design which will fit them with their choices. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-02-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)