Intel’s Bay Trail processor represents a breakthrough for tablets because it promises ARM-like efficiency along with impressive performance. The new Atom 3000 series is fabricated using a 22nm architecture, promising double the processor speed and triple the graphics capabilities of the previous-generation chip. You get all this with less heat and long battery life.
Tablet makers have been steadily announcing new tablets with Bay Trail inside, some powered by Windows 8.1 and others by Android. But for now, the most exciting slates are powered by Microsoft’s OS, especially laptop-tablet hybrids. Here’s our list of the most anticipated Bay Trail tablets.
Tablets don't get much better than this for $349. The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a light, 1.2-lb. tablet that doubles as a laptop when you plug it into the included keyboard dock. ASUS promises up to 11 hours of battery life from this quad-core Bay Trail device, which will give you plenty of endurance for a day of classes or a cross-country flight. The 10.1-inch IPS display (1366 x 768 pixels) offers a bright picture and wide viewing angles, which are great for watching movies and playing games. And when it's time to get to work, you'll appreciate the bundled copy of Office Home & Student 2013.