At IDF in San Francisco this morning, Intel showed off an upcoming Android tablet based on its mobile-oriented Atom CPU, codenamed Medfield. They didn’t give many details out about the new tablet, but it seemed fast – and to our eyes, at least, looked very thin.
Intel has been looking to break into the smartphone and tablet market for years now, and it seems that 2012 might just be their threshold year. Earlier in 2011 at Mobile World Congress, the company made the claims that when it comes to active power draws, their microarchitecture is among the most efficient on the planet – standby claims were a little more vague, but if Haswell is any indication, they’ve made improvements there, too.
From the outside, it looks like your basic 10-inch (-ish) tablet, replete with a multitouch capactive screen and unknown amounts of RAM and storage space. It was showing off the soft buttons along the bottom edge that are found in Android’s Honeycomb tablet release, so it was running some 3.x version of the software, at the least. In addition, Intel took the spotlight to announce a new partnership with Google’s Andy Rubin, the former Danger co-founder who now heads up their Android development operations.
The Medfield-powered tablet prototype isn’t the only tablet to run on Intel’s Atom architecture. In fact, it isn’t even the only Android-powered tablet. If you’re not a large enterprise company, it’s easy to forget that Intel and Cisco teamed up to release the Cius, which is supposedly aimed at replacing the traditionally bleak office phone.
Stay tuned for more news from IDF, and be sure to check out sister site DesktopReview.com for the latest updates!