Intel Oak Trail Tablets to Debut Next Month

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Intel LogoIntel-based tablets are currently few and far between, but it appears that the company is now making a serious foray into the market by introducing tablets sporting its new Atom Oak Trail CPUs.

The tablets featuring the Oak Trail chips will make their debut at the Computex 2011 Show in Taipei, Taiwan starting next month on May 31. The Oak Trail tablets will begin to hit shelves shortly thereafter, according to an Intel spokeswoman, with multiple models rolling out over the course of 2011. Indeed, there will apparently be Intel Oak Trail-based tablets being shown off by a few different companies at the Computex 2011 show.

Intel Oak Trail ChipThe Z670 Oak Trail chip will be single core and have the capability to decode high-definition video and accelerate MPEG playback in Windows Media Player, according to TechTree. Unlike Intel’s Moorestown chip, it will also support the Windows 7 OS and as such, most of the Oak Trail tablets being showcased by the companies at Computex will be running the Microsoft OS. This seems to be the best scenario for Microsoft at the moment, as it is currently working on a Windows 8 Tablet OS, but it won’t be available until late 2012, at best.

In addition to its Oak Trail chip, Intel is also currently working on a new version of its MeeGo OS for tablets and notebooks. Apparently, Intel is attempting to spread its compatibility to as many different operating systems as possible, as it also anticipates eventual Oak Trail tablet support for Google Android OS 3.0, aka Honeycomb.

Intel is joining the tablet game a little late, but it seems that the company is finally getting serious about its tablet pursuits. Still, it will be facing some stiff opposition as Oak Trail’s likely competitor later this year will be the Nvidia Tegra Kal-El system on a chip.

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