With the recent info about MediaTek and LG coming up with 8 core CPUs for tablets and such, it’s only logical that chip makers like Intel would tease something more advanced. Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich informed attendees at an investor meeting that 2014 will be about Android tablets with 64 bit CPUs.

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Apple has already started the trend with the 64 bit iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina and now it’s the turn of Windows and Android slates. Intel is developing a 64 bit version of Android, that would follow the tablets running on Bay Trail with 64 bit versions of Windows 8.1. Bay Trail models will start at about $150, which is a crazy good pricing.

Interestingly Bay Trail chips already support 64 bit addressing and right now Intel is toying with an image of Android 4.4 KitKat in that respect. If you want to get technical, Microsoft did introduce a Surface Pro slate with 64 bit Windows 8 last year, so Apple didn’t exactly launch a premiere last month. What they did is offer a much, much more compact package with 3 times the battery life.

  • Very soon smartphones and tablets will exceed the performance of desktop computers. Processor manufacturers are increasingly turning to the side of the mobile market.