Windows 8 Hardware Requirements for Tablets and PCs by sreekumarbnair


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									Windows 8 Hardware Requirements for Tablets and PCs
Microsoft, for decades is used to release the hardware certification requirements for the imminent
operating systems and are released the set of rules which flashes light on the minimum system
configurations for tablets, the new flag carriers of the cyber world and for PCs which are working with
Windows 8.

Here are the important features listed below-

1. 5 Check Points – Windows 8 requires a minimum of 5 touch points which will ensure the user to apply
atleast a hand of fingers on the screen. New versions of HP Touchsmart works with two touch

2. NFC Visual Marks – There should be feel marks in the systems using Windows8 to indicate where
another machine can pair with it.

3. Hardware Buttons – Microsoft requires for Windows 8 compatible machines should have 5 hardware
buttons are-

       Power
       Rotation Lock
       Windows Key – Atleast 10.5 mm in diameter and irrespective of shape
       Volume UP
       Volume Down

4. New key combination for Login/Logout – One of the major variation that one can experience with
Windows 8 is the change in the conventional key combination of ALT+CTRL+DEL to login/logout. The
new one also quicker is
Windows Key + Power Key

5. No Reboot driver upgrader – Windows8 requires that PCs support no-reboot upgrade of graphic card

6. 2 Second Resume – Microsoft does not requires that Windows 8 ARM PCS resume in two seconds or
less. Only Intel compatible Windows 8 machines should have this requirement.

Minimum other Configuration settings required are:

       Storage: At least 10gb free space after the out-of-box experience completes
       System firmware: UEFI
       Networking: WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + LE (low energy)
       Graphics: Direct3D 10 device w/ WDDM 1.2 driver
       Resolution: 1366×768
       Touch support: At least 5 touch points, must pass all tests
       Camera: 720p
       Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30k lux capable w/ dynamic range of 5-60K
       Magnetometer
       Accelerometer: 3 axes w/ data rates >= 50Hz
       Gyroscope
   USB 2.0: At least one controller and exposed port
   Speakers
   Mobile Broadband requires an assisted GPS radio also
   Graphics: Should have Direct 3D 10 device with WDDM 1.2 driver
   Display: Must be atleast 1366 X 768 pixels at a depth of 32 bits
   Camera: Must all be capable of atleast 720 pixels
   Ambient Light Sensor: 1-30K LUX capable with dynamic range of 5-60 K
   Sensors: Magnetometer, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
   Connectivity: Atleast one USB 2.0 controller and exposed USB 2.0 port on frame
   Speakers

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