Intel’s Bay Trail Atom chip is the successor to the Clover Trail Atom CPU that currently powers a number of Windows 8 devices and is expected to provide a significant performance boost over its predecessor, could Acer be among the first manufacturers to release a Bay Trail device? If a recent rumored device is indeed real the answer could be yes. Meet the Bay Trail powered Acer WT5.
The Acer WT5 is rumored to have a 1080p 10″ IPS display, 4G LTE connectivity as well as 2GB RAM, 64GB of storage and an 8MP camera. No other details are mentioned like price but it can be expected to feature ports like HDMI, microSD and a second camera for video conferencing.
Acer’s current Atom powered tablet offering, the W510 has been mostly well received due to the excellent battery life of the tablet and even more so with the optional (in some markets) keyboard dock and low price. Performance is the same as other Clover Trail tablets and is good for light tasks. With the expected boost in performance from the improved Bay Trail chip Acer could be well placed to capture a significant portion of the market if they can carry over their current battery life and price advantages to the WT5. Hopefully Computex next month will provide more details on this device.