A good number of Windows 8.1 based tablet devices may have been launched though all of them running the 32 bit version of the OS. That’s about to change now that Dell has announced the launch of Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro tablet devices running 64 bit Windows 8.1. Both tablet versions will be on display at the upcoming Mobile World Congress and will be the first to offer 64 bit computing with Windows 8.1.
The 64 bit enabled Windows tablets will generally cost more than their 32 bit counterparts and will be targeted more at the enterprise segment. While the 32 bit Dell Venue 11 Pro starts at around $500, the same with 64 bit of computational power will be priced no less than $800. Further, the Venue 11 Pro in the 64 bit mode sports an Intel Haswell chip, which has made the tablet a tad thicker and heavier than one running 32 bit Windows based on the Intel Bay Trail chip. However, Intel has stated that would change as efforts are already underway to have Intel Bay Trail chips power 64 bit Windows tablets in the future.
Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64 explained: “Sixty-four-bit connected standby drivers were prioritized toward the end of the list last year with other things that were going inside Intel and Microsoft. That was the main sticking point. A tablet without connected standby has some pretty awful consequences on battery life.”
Brookwood also explained the reason for 64 bit, saying it allows more memory at one’s disposal, thereby providing a performance boost to the device.
“The pressure for 64-bit, even in tablets that might not have 4GB of DRAM, is pretty strong because IT organizations want to standardize on 64-bit images and 64-bit apps,” further added Brookwood.
Also another strong reason for Microsoft to really push for 64 bit is that Apple has already taken the lead on this. All the current generation iPads, iPad Minis, and iPhone 5s now offer 64 bit computing, reason enough for Microsoft to offer a 64 bit option.