Most devices with Rockchip processors are tablets and TV boxes that run Google Android software. But this year we saw the launch of the first Chromebooks with Rockchip RK3288 processors.

So what’s next?

Windows 10. Maybe.

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PadNews has posted photos of a tablet with a Rockchip RK3288 processor and a 1024 x 768 pixel display. It appears to be running Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview software.

That’s a pre-release version of Microsoft’s upcoming software for phones and tablets which will be available this fall (a few months after Windows 10 for desktops, notebooks, and large tablets launches).

Windows 10 Mobile is built on the same core as the desktop version of Windows 10. But it’s optimized for devices with 7 inch and smaller screens and for devices with ARM or x86 processors.

While you won’t be able to run older Windows apps on Windows Mobile unless developers convert them to Universal Windows Apps, you will be able to download and install many Windows Store apps… and the new Continuum for phones feature will let you treat a phone or small tablet like a desktop computer. Just connect a display, keyboard, and mouse and you can run apps like Microsoft Office in desktop mode.

Up until now most Windows Phone devices have featured Qualcomm chips, but I can’t think of any reason it couldn’t be tweaked to support processors from Rockchip, Allwinner, MediaTek, Samsung, and other companies.

The Rockchip RK3288 is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 processor with Mali-T764 graphics. It’s a pretty speedy processor, although it’s certainly not the most powerful ARM-based chip available in mid-2015.

It’s not yet clear if the photos show a real product that’s in development, or if they’re just a demonstration that someone is working to bring Windows 10 Mobile to hardware with RK3288 chips. But it certainly seems plausible that we could see low-cost Windows tablets with Rockchip processors later this year.

via Mike Cane and AndroidPC.es

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3 replies on “Windows 10 coming to Rockchip-powered tablets?”

  1. Didn’t we try this once for like a week, and no one wanted it? Windows RT?

    1. this is windows “phone” on a tablet with 650,000 apps universal (more developer support than RT) and has contiuum mode and mobile advanced featured and fit for low powered ARM mobile tablets and even notebooks ready not only compete with tablet OS e.g. iOS/Android also chromebooks too and has a better update system path unlike RT that did not make it to Windows 10. People didnt buy RT because it felt like a watered down windows pc on a tablet, with a bad desktop mode with no win32 support and around that time lack of tablet apps despite 50k-100k, it was clunky for ARM and was a cumberstone for users and it was no long term, it was short term for MS to get into ARM tablet catch up, not just selling intel tablets e.g. This is no RT, its beyond and advanced and ahead of RT. Read the post. Before writing it off

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