Meet Stack: Dell and Intel’s vision for an ecosystem built around a full Windows 10 mobile device


#Dell #Windows10MobileMeet Stack: Dell and Intel’s vision for an ecosystem built around a full Windows 10 mobile device : In mid-2014, Dell and Intel embarked on an ambitious, long-view product ecosystem known internally as Dell Stack. The project centers on a 6.4-inch, full-HD mini-tablet that would underlie the desktop, laptop, and tablet experiences: That is, one device would power your entire computing ecosystem.

The goal was to significantly streamline the transition that the average business user — and, eventually, consumer — makes between their multiple computing devices numerous times per day.

Instead of constantly moving data and files from device to device (or device to cloud to device), Stack would allow users to transition the core handheld from screen to screen as use case dictated.

All of this hinged upon Continuum, a technology baked into Microsoft’s Windows 10. Since software written to be compliant with Continuum, called Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, will run equally well under Windows 10 or Windows 10 Mobile, it opens up a range of possibilities with respect to the very kind of use-case transitions that Stack attempts to address. That is, Continuum makes those possibilities a reality.

Flexible specs

With the underlying objective being a full computing ecosystem replacement, the typical ARM-compliant processors utilized in the vast majority of today’s tablets and smartphones would not be sufficient.

Therefore, the Stack handheld was spec’ed out with an x86-based CPU from Intel’s Kaby Lake Y-series of low-power-consumption, dual-core, laptop-class processors. Specifically, the built-to-order system would be available with options from the m3, m5 vPro, or m7 vPro families.

As a tablet, the handheld would require a 3.5-watt power draw, but when docked as the heart of a desktop-replacement configuration, it would transition to a less-conservative 12 watts.

Furthermore, it would be available in several memory configurations: either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of internal solid state storage (supplemented by a microSD removable storage slot). Its main and front-facing cameras were initially envisioned as eight and five megapixels, respectively, with the latter to be paired with a biometric-enabling iris scanner.