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Minimum hardware specifications are fairly high-spec stuff so don't count on them being cheap.

Windows 8 tablet requirements appear

Microsoft has released a set of hardware specifications for tablet PCs and hybrids suitable for running the Windows 8 operating system.

The minimum screen resolution for Windows 8 is 1366 x 768 and both x86 and ARM-based devices will need DirectX 10 capable graphics. The devices must also be able to play high-definition video including 1080p H264.

Windows 8 touch-enabled PCs must also be capable of registering five points and curiously Microsoft is mandating that tablets must feature a gyroscope, magnetometer and an accelerometer in addition to a 720p camera.

It also seems that the contentious secure-boot function cannot be disabled on ARM-based devices, which would appear to mean that such computers cannot be easily switched to another OS. Could this be aimed at Android?

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