We’ve seen a lot of companies demonstrate tablet-style devices running Windows 7 over the last few months. While there are still few of these keyboardless wonders available for purchase in the US, they seem to be all the rag among no-name companies in China. But if you’ve been a bit underwhelmed by many of the slates we’ve seen to date there may be a good reason: As a general rule, they don’t follow Microsoft’s suggestions for building a successful Windows 7 Slate.
Windows For Devices have republished a white paper from Microsoft explaining how best to manufacturer a slate PC for Windows 7. Among the company’s suggestsions:
- Use a solid state disk to lower power consumption and improve reliability
- Battery life should exceed 4 hours and you should get 72 hours or more of standby time
- Provide 2GB of RAM on devices with less powerful CPUs or graphics processors
- Make sure the regions where you grip the tablet with your hands aren’t near the heat dispersion and venting points
Microsoft also points out that you’ll have a better touch experience if you have an active digitizer which makes handwriting recognition and other precise actions easier. The company recommends using a biometric scanner to make it easier to login without using an on-screen keyboard.
If you’re interested in knowing what Microsoft recommends for slate PC hardware, you should check out the complete white paper. It’s also worth taking a look if you just want a quick refresher on exactly what touch-friendly features Windows 7 includes, since there’s a handy chart in the first section.
via UMPC Portal