By all indications, Intel is serious about getting its Oak Trail chips into Android tablets, and a new rumor suggests Acer may have a 10-inch Intel-based Honeycomb tablet ready to launch for this summer.
The leak comes courtesy of the DigiTimes, which has a spotty track record when it comes to accurate leaks. DigiTimes claims Intel has been aggressive in pushing its partners to develop Intel-based tablets. And with the large Computex tech showcase beginning May 31, where many tablets are expected to be announced, it’s very possible Acer could unveil an Intel-based tablet and have it ready to launch in July.
The report also claims Lenovo and ASUS will follow Acer with Intel Android tablets of their own, and Acer is also looking at developing an Intel/MeeGo tablet.
To date, most Android tablets sport ARM processors from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and others. Intel chips have been found almost exclusively on Windows 7 slates, but outside of the Cisco Cius messaging tablet, virtually no Android machines. Microsoft is readying a version of its next operating system to run on ARM processors, so it seems Intel looks to counter by making a play in the Android tablet market.