- 01-06-2013, 10:53 AM #1
01-06-2013, 11:02 AM #2
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I seriously doubt it's upgradable.
Windows 8 should be less RAM hungry than even Windows 7 though and I suspect they figure you aren't going to have nearly as many apps open at the same time on a tablet as you would a laptop or PC. It's a safe bet that people will use tablets less intensively than they would a PC, that's why they can get away with slower, energy efficient processors like the Intel Atom or the AMD equivalent and less RAM.
They are also probably trying to keep the price down since Windows RT tablets are already on the high end of the price scale for tablets and Windows Pro tablets are going to be even more, yes I know they run full Windows, but to a consumer seeing a $700 tablet next to a $399 one, it's still a harder sell.
They are probably designing some planned obsolescence into it too. Give you a 2 GB version now so they can tempt you with a 4 GB version at the end of the year.
01-06-2013, 11:11 AM #4
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I am thinking 2GB of RAM should be ok on a W8 tablet. My wife has an Asus netbook with 1GB of RAM. The first thing I thought about doing was upgrading her RAM, but it runs Win7 home 32 bit without a problem. So I left her RAM alone.
I do understand your concern. I am into having a lot of RAM also. My Samsung laptop came with 4GB of RAM and I upgraded it the day I bought it to 8GB of RAM.Check out the great deals on Windows Phone Accessories: http://store.wpcentral.com
01-06-2013, 11:11 AM #5
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By Pro, I meant the the "Pro" designation that they are giving all the Windows 8 tablets to distinguish them from Windows RT tablets, not that it was necessarily Windows 8 Professional. If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably the 32-bit version of regular Windows 8, not Pro and probably has some unnecessary fat trimmed off to save space.
- 01-06-2013, 12:12 PM #7
- 01-06-2013, 01:05 PM #8
01-06-2013, 02:43 PM #9
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It could be a notebook with those kinds of spec but I seen good review with that amount of RAM inside and today RAM is not important like it use to be so it should be fine.
As long as it dosen't have Intel Celeron inside
- 01-06-2013, 03:36 PM #11
2GB is plenty for word processing, surfing, email and casual gaming, but it is not enough for Photoshop or Lightroom. 4GB is a good baseline for those programs, but 8GB gives them some room to breathe if you're dealing with large files or want anything else open at the same time.
- 01-06-2013, 11:32 PM #12
01-07-2013, 05:26 AM #13
- 39 Posts
I agree with some of what you are saying, but most of the 2 GB of RAM tablets are running Clovertrail. Which is low power dual core processor. More RAM won't benefit you in most use cases you can even be in with this tablet. I am currently using the W510 and I went through and kind of pushed it as much as I could with the apps and programs it comes with. I had about 7 apps open on the desktop including microsoft paint, IE 10 with flash running, Windows live movie maker, audacity playing music. On Metro side of things I also had open a browser with 4 tabs, people app, msger app, skype app, drop box app, sky drive app. With all of this running when I checked task manager it was only using 63% of the total RAM. It said 1.3 of 2 GB. So the RAM won't be an issue on these tablets, now if your looking to use Photoshop and light room like you mentioned in your last couple comments, then you are going to need a better processor, GPU, and RAM. So if anything isn't running a Core i processor or better you prob shouldn't even consider it.
P.S. Yes that Lenova Twist looks pretty amazing. Expensive though.
- 01-07-2013, 10:02 AM #14
- 01-16-2013, 05:42 PM #22
Also have to figure out if size matters... both are full hd screens, but the Helix is is 11.6 vs the Kupa which is 15 (1200 vert px vs 1080, though.. that's pretty nice)
Last edited by cameradork; 01-16-2013 at 05:52 PM.
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