An anonymous source cited by CNET said that at least one big PC manufacturer will unveil a 64-bit Atom-powered Windows 8.1 tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014, which runs from February 24-27 in Barcelona.
There are many reasons why 64-bit is a big improvement over 32-bit. First and foremost, 64-bit allows memory beyond 4GB, which opens doors for more resource-hogging applications. A requirement for signed 64-bit drivers should also make 64-bit systems more stable.
Nathan Brookwood, an analyst at Insight 64, said that there is pressure for all devices, including tablets, to go 64-bit so that there can be standardisation on 64-bit images and apps.
The shift to 64-bit has taken on a greater priority for Microsoft and its allies now that Apple is also working on a 64-bit experience for its smartphone and tablet range.
Intel also confirmed 64-bit Android devices will ship this year.
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