Acer Launching Iconia M500 MeeGo Tablet

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Intel continues its mobile push with the announcement at Computex 2011 that an Intel-powered MeeGo tablet will soon be available from Acer in its Iconia M Series line.

Details on the Iconia M500 are sketchy. It will have a 10-inch screen, feature an Intel Atom chip (possibly the Z670), be manufactured by Acer, run MeeGo, and should launch by the end of 2011.

MeeGoThe MeeGo OS was originally a joint venture between Intel and Nokia. It was expected to compete in with the other operating systems in the mobile market; however the wind went out of its sales when Nokia announced that its phones would feature the Windows Phone 7 OS.

MeeGo apparently is not entirely dead. Nokia recently stated it has a MeeGo device in the works, and this new announcement of Acer’s M500, as well as several other showings of MeeGo around Computex, could indicate the OS might still have life.

As MeeGo battles its way into the tablet market, Intel also faces an arduous climb. ARM designed chips dominate the market, with big name devices like the Apple iPad and Motorola Xoom featuring ARM technology. Intel is pushing back as much as it can, and the new M500 from Acer is another small step forward for Intel.

We’ll deliver other details on the Iconia M500 as they develop, and continue to cover Intel’s attempts to penetrate the tablet processor market.

Source: InfoWorld



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