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tablets will run faster than laptops with Windows operating systems and use a four-core processor.
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Looks like sandybridge going to be the next big thing.

Will netbooks be thing of past soon?

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I'm not sure anyone needs a quad-core tablet.

One of the few uses i can think of is something involving medicine.
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Tablets are going to be taken over by Android and iOS, I think and there's still a market for a physical keyboard.
    
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Let's see you achieve 80wpm on a tablet/slate. Lulz.
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Will they be able to run Crysis? If not I really don't care, it's a tablet, nothing more.

I understand some people need Star Trek-like extremely powerful tablets but the common man will barely be able to use it, unless they think they're for gaming. I would like to see ARM dual core tablets, with a decent GPU, or a Zacate CPU (no matter how hard Intel try they just can't make a decent GPU, even for on-board) and either Android or Windows.

I haven't touched a tablet yet but I wouldn't mind seeing a modified version of Win 7 appear, optimised for touch screens. I don't like Google but I do like what they've done with Android.
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That makes sense, considering all the hype over the built in GPU. I'm thinking Intel will probably develop a dual or single core version for tablets, and probably phase out Atoms in the netbook market.
 
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This may be a noobish question but wouldn't a quad core use up a lot of power? Which means less life/heavier tablet?
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Will netbooks be thing of past soon?
Yes and no. The ultra-portable form factor will always have a niche of users that don't want/can't use a tablet. But the term "netbook" will eventually die off, IMHO...that product space does not need its own classification.

But tablets aren't even the biggest threat to netbooks...the Atrix concept is. If I can carry my phone around all day, but then when I need a screen+keyboard to do "netbook type work" I can just plug that phone into a portable laptop-shaped docking station...then what purpose does a netbook serve at all? If Atrix works and takes off, that's the end for netbooks for sure.
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This may be a noobish question but wouldn't a quad core use up a lot of power? Which means less life/heavier tablet?
From the few reviews I've read, Sandy Bridge is excellent at managing power. If you're not using a core, it shuts down. And it's cool tool, I think Anand had it running at ~4.5GHz on stock cooling.

Still, I have no idea how this would compare to an ARM processor when drawing from a battery.
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From the few reviews I've read, Sandy Bridge is excellent at managing power. If you're not using a core, it shuts down. And it's cool tool, I think Anand had it running at ~4.5GHz on stock cooling.

Still, I have no idea how this would compare to an ARM processor when drawing from a battery.
It doesn't compare to ARM's power usage but ARM doesn't compare to a Sandy Bridge core in terms of performance.

I would love a ULV SB core in a tablet because I could finally get rid of my laptop.
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