Nvidia shows quad-core tablet prototype running Windows 8

Other quad-core tablets include Acer Iconia A510

LAS VEGAS -- Nvidia showed tablets using its Tegra 3 quad-core processors at CES, including a developer prototype that was running Windows 8.

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A tablet prototype runs with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. (Photo by Matt Hamblen/Computerworld)

Microsoft is not expected to ship the Windows 8 operating system before mid-year, but Nvidia was eager to provide a sneak peek of the OS's Metro user interface running on a tablet using Tegra 3, a 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM-based processor. Another prototype showed a high-definition video running over HDMI to a larger monitor.

Windows 8 running on an ARM processor in a tablet was first announced at CES a year ago, a booth agent noted. No information on tablets shipping with Windows 8 has been announced.

In the three tablet prototypes, one 10-in. tablet showed the Metro user interface comprised of tiles with real-time information, with one tile displaying the latest stock quotes being updated. That's a similar concept used on Windows Phone 7.5, also called Mango.

No other specs were offered.

Also on display was an Acer Iconica A510 tablet running a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The tablet has a 10.1-in. touchscreen and was shown running Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. No price or availability has been announced.

Acer Iconia a510 tablet
The Acer Iconia a510 tablet has an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. (Photo by Nvidia)

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