Can the new Intel 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor (Oak Trail) take on the iPad?
Intel is hot on the trail of Apple and other tablet chipset manufacturers, and with the now released “Oak Trail” devices now shipping we can finally see what this means and if they can catch up in the frenzy that currently is taking place this summer in the tablet form factor..
In the near future the promised upcoming “Cedar Trail” chips in Q4/2011 will also allow 4Gb RAM, 12” screens and more to compete in the netbook or “Google Chromebook” laptop replacement category, but could also make for some beefy tablet devices..
I believe there is still an enterprise market for other non-iOS based devices, where the iOS platform still lacks some of the requirements. But the hardware side has been lacking in the right form factors. Some of the price points are now also coming down so they are competing head-to-head.
In comparison some of the currently known stats in this semi-random list: (more comparisons can be found here)
|Tablet ||CPU ||Weight ||Battery ||OS ||Comments |
|Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 ||Intel Atom Z670, 1.5Ghz ||1.7 lbs ||4 hrs ||Windows 7 || |
|Motion CL900 ||Intel Atom Z670, 1.5Ghz ||2.1 lbs ||8 hrs ||Windows 7 ||Gorilla Glass |
|Motorola Xoom ||Nvidia Tegra 2, Dual core, 1Ghz ||1.6 lbs ||10 hrs ||Android 3.1 || |
|Apple iPad 2 ||Apple A5, dual-core, 1Ghz ||1.33 lbs ||8-9 hrs ||iOS 4.x || |
|Apple iPad ||Apple A4, 1Ghz ||1.5 lbs ||8-9 hrs ||iOS 4.x || |
|BlackBerry PlayBook ||TI OMAP 4430, dual-core, 1Ghz ||0.9 lbs ||10 hrs ||BlackBerry Tablet OS (QNX) ||7” screen compared to 10” |
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 ||Nvidia Tegra 2, Dual core, 1Ghz ||1.2 lbs? ||10 hrs ||Android 3.0 (soon 3.1) ||Also in 8.9” size |
|ASUS Eee Pad Transformer ||Nvidia Tegra 2, Dual core, 1Ghz ||1.49 lbs ||9.5 hrs (16 hrs |
|Android 3.0 ||Add-on keyboard/ netbook |
|HP TouchPad ||Qualcomm Snapdragon, dual-core, 1.2Ghz ||1.6 lbs ||? ||HP webOS 3.0 || |
Apart from all the bad weather events going on, it will be an interesting summer indeed..