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October 24th 2011 4:00 pm

Windows 8 Tablets/Slates functionality: Will they be modular?

I was reading an article over at wired about Toshiba now selling the miniature SSDs used in the Mac Book Air. The author proposed that soon, end consumers will be able to purchase these ultra-thin drives much like how RAM memory is offered today. This got me thinking, computers that run windows operating systems generally have the ability to have their components removed and replaced. Even laptops can add or alter a significant amount of hardware for relatively little effort, will tablets operate on the same premise? What do you think?
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Personally, I would love to purchase a form factor that I think is applicable to my use but be able to add new hardware too it. Having the choice of sliding in a larger or faster SSD or replacement battery would significantly increase my interest in a product as well as its benefit for my personal needs.

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gaetanomarano

all Windows 8 tablets will cost $50-80 more than Android tablets due to the Microsoft licence costs
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mzwash

While I'm more than happy to pay licensing fees to MS, lets keep the discussion focused on the hardware?
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meelisv

Very doubtful, specially because making harware modular increases size.
And who wants their tablet to be thick.
Same thing with user replaceable batteries
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mzwash

I do have some hope for the Win8 tablets having modular hardware. When MS first released WinPhone7, they commented that a handset must meet certain requirements in order to use its OS. I hope and hereby propose that they hold the industry to the same standard with their new OS. Make sure that each tablet that comes loaded with Win8 has a minimum set of features in terms of hardware to better the user experience for all customers. I think the potential of handsets that deliver a poor user experience despite the strength of the OS may kill the Win8 tablet in its cradle. Since Win8 will be in direct competition with Apple who provides a solid hardware experience, I hope that Redmond wont ignore the importance of these factors.
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mzwash

While I understand the demand for an ever decreasing width in tablet design. I am personally okay with sacrificing millimeters or segments of an inch for modular ability. Besides, other tablet makers already have these options with no compromise to case design!
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Cueil

if they meet minimal hardware requirements for Windows 8 you can just install the OS no?
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Cueil

Windows 8 is a full on OS so the OS will sell more then the iPad within a few months...
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Cueil

It'll have all the functionality of a fully featured OS so I don't see any reason that there wouldn't be hot swaping tablets... most Andriod tablets will be able to run the OS
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mzwash

I'm talking about the hardware from the tablet manufacturers themselves. Currently, when you purchase a tablet, you're stuck with the internals it came with. Do you think that Windows8 will change that pattern for tablets?
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Unicron109

I don't see it happening. I am not sure about the whether it has anything to do with what those internals are. At the same time I don't see why it wouldnt be possible if the internals are readily avilabe to consumers. It is an interesting question that I don't think anybody has really asked. Windows 8 certainly presents a drastically different approach to Tablets than iPad and Android since it is a fully funcional desktop OS and not a phone OS that is being scaled to a different size device. I just do not think it will happen because the makers of Windows 8 tablets will be the same companies that currently make Android and Windows 7 tablets and I believe that those have internals that are not able to be swapped out for different or better chips and storage.
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Cueil

That's totally up to HP and Dell and such... perhaps Sony may do some high end stuff like that, but you're best bet is to look towards some of the new laptops like the XT3 that are not really much heavier
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cass

I think it's definitely a good possibility, but I would actually prefer non-replaceable hardware. I think Apple, sorry for bringing them up, has show that the less moving parts you have, the smaller the devices can be. If I were to get a Windows 8 tablet, I'd want it to be really slim and lightweight and I think having less user replaceable parts will help achieve that. It's definitely nice to be able to upgrade your gear to give it a nice speed boost, but there are some sacrifices you make.
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termechi

Windows? why???
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mzwash

haha. Why what?
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jackblack644

Oh yeah! Just cuz Windows is the best OS ever!! FACT
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