Ref : http://www.pcworld.com/article/2904...now-about-intels-cherry-trail-atom-chips.html Microsoft’s Surface 3 is the first announced device to use Intel’s new Cherry Trail Atom chips, but you can expect therm to show up soon in other devices too. So what are the chips capable of and what should we expect? 1. Multiple OSes Cherry Trail tablets will run both Windows and Android... Ok, technically correct but completely useless fact. We don't expect ROMs for the Surface 3 to allow installing Android OSs. Although, for now, we might see some ROMs for Android Tablets for installing Windows 10 but I'm not sure how long that will last. Really, point 1 was pointless. 2. Strong graphics Intel says Cherry Trail will deliver twice the graphics performance as its previous Atom chips. The results were apparent when I tried out a prototype 8-inch Cherry Trail tablet earlier this month, which kept pace with the fast moving visuals of Real Racing 3. But don’t expect the kind of high end gaming you get with the Nvidia’s Shield. Strong is a relative word, if you have used a BayTrail or prior Atom based system in the past you will notice it. If you're running a gaming rig, or an i5/i7 Haswell this wont seem strong. 2x previous Atom Chips is the key. 3. No big change in battery life There had to be a trade-off for the better graphics and it was battery life, which will remain constant or improve only slightly. Microsoft has pegged the battery life of Surface 3 at around 10 hours watching video, which isn’t much of an improvement from the ARM-based Surface 2. We will have to see how this goes but it's probably about the same as the Surface 2. 4. No big change in basic application performance While graphics have improved, the CPU performance doesn’t get much of a boost. So while Real Racing 3 played well, it actually took a little longer than I expected to load. The priority with Cherry Trail was not to improve CPU performance, which was already adequate, an Intel representative said. Slight bump in raw CPU performance over BayTrail... will go largely unnoticed by comparison. However this should perform as well as most current ARM SoCs/Tablets and better than the now 2 year old Tegra 4 in the Surface 2. This should be a noticeable upgrade for Surface 2 users and a huge upgrade if you have the original Surface RT. 5. Not just for tablets Cherry Trail will find its way into a wide range of devices, ranging from wearables to low-cost Windows 10 laptops. Cherry Trail cropped up in Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality headset, which allows you to interact with objects that appear to float before you in space. Hmmm, guess we will have to see it in action... in search of HoloLens ... 6. Look ma, no wires The Surface 3 doesn’t make use of it, but tablets with Cherry Trail can have wireless charging features built in. That means you’ll be able to plop your device down on a special charging surface and not worry about plugging it in. It might not be a lot of use right now, but Intel wants to make wireless charging as ubiquitous as WiFi, and its in talks with airports, cafes, hotels and other places to make it happen. Awe, The Surface 3 doesn’t make use of it... next. Note: I saw nothing about WiGig either so ... better luck next time. 7. 3D cameras Move over, 2D photography. Cherry Trail comes with technologies to support Intel’s depth-sensing RealSense 3D camera technology, which can measure distance and recognize objects. It could make Skype conversations look better by masking out backgrounds or scan objects so they can be printed in 3D. Awe, The Surface 3 doesn’t make use of it... well maybe someone will make a USB camera attachment that does. A nice little clip on strip with 3 cameras about 8 inches long with 8MP or better cameras to do some beautious 3D work with and an App to go with it. All you entrepreneurs out there get busy. Well 3 out of 7 is ok I guess.