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Intel unveiled an impressive list of specs for upcoming Windows 8 tablets at a conference in Beijing today.

The specifications are Intel’s blueprint for tablets that should be in consumers’ hands later this year. On paper, at least, the tablets seem iPad-competitive — or better.

Weighing in at a fairly standard 9mm thick and 1.5 pounds (or lighter), the tablets will be available in 10-inch models and 11-inch hybrids with physical keyboards.

The magic comes in the form of Intel’s Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chip. We first saw prototypes of this 32-nanometer chip earlier this year at CES, where Intel execs showed the technology paired with Windows 8. Intel has been experimenting with mobile chip capabilities a lot over the past few years, and that testing is definitely paying off.

The dual-core-capable chip seems designed with high performance and small devices in mind. It brings features like a burst mode and hyperthreading to the table, both of which allow for temporary performance enhancements on an as-needed basis.

Connectivity options include WiFi and 3G/4G, as well as NFC features and WiFi Direct. Gamers and mediaphiles will appreciate the advanced imaging capabilities, and Intel is also touting advanced security features for business applications.

Here’s Intel’s full list:

Earlier this week, Intel announced the launch of Studybook, a tablet just for students.

Fueled by strong sales in its core PC chips business and bolstered by its newer focus on mobile chip research and development, Intel recently reached its highest overall chip industry market share in more than 10 years with 15.6 percent of the total market, up 2.5 percentage points from 13.1 percent in 2010.

hat tip: Cnet

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