Acer – in a move they say will be to eventually phase out netbooks – has announced three new Android tablets for 2011. We’re not sure to what extent they’ll differ from the products introduced at CES, but one big thing will change: these tablets will be running Intel’s Sandy Bridge chipsets instead of NVIDIA’s dual-core ARM-based Tegra 2 line that has gotten a lot of shine lately.
I personally attended Intel’s Sandy Bridge demonstration at CES, and I can tell you that it more than holds its own. We’re not sure which chipset they’ll be using exactly, but if it’s the line of “Core i” processors shown off at CES, these will absolutely rock in speed. (All he revealed was that they’d have processors faster than some Quad Core laptops. Sounds like a match to me.)
While attending Intel’s press conference and seeing Sandy Bridge in action, I never imagined it could find its way into tablet devices. And if they did, I didn’t imagine they’d ever be variants running Android. I’m pleased to see that my imagination isn’t as big as Acer’s because they are taking advantage of what I can only describe as the best processor technology on the market today. [via Computer World]
Bring that 4.8″ phone to T-Mobile so I can check it out!
Competition is obviously good – but I don’t really think intel can match the current ARM lineup on it’s first attempt (at least not as far as battery life is concerned!)
Watching with interest…
What kind of GPU will these have?
Gpu? Its sandybridge 2nd gen. Intergrated intel graphics. Lol. Battery will be the most imporatant factor. FYI intels sandybridge is based on 32nm chips vs tegra2 40 nm .
So slates/tablets are finally phasing out netbooks huh?
@Aberkae if you simply looked at the diagram provided you would see it clearly states 32nm tech chips as well as 22nm variant
@Pimpstrong: 4.8″ isn’t a phone, way too big to be pocketable. 4″ is the max I want to go for a phone. All of the 4.3″ phones are too big. Maybe they will make a little smaller 4.3″ and I’ll change my mind. But I for one don’t understand why people want 4.3″ and larger phones. Have you ever tried to put a Dell Streak in your pocket?
@teckel have you ever tried to put an EVO in your pocket? Plenty of people do it everyday like me and it doesn’t bother us one bit, stop wearing girl jeans and it’ll be less noticeable, just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean they wont build it… big screens are beautiful and not everyone is going to like it but if they successfully hit their market target like they did with the EVO then it is a success
Intel’s track record on battery life for it’s mobile chips has been abominable. I’d place my bets on Tegra 2.
Let the buyer beware…READ THE WARRANTY VERY CAREFULLY
I don’t see how this can be any good. ARM is streamlined for mobile (RISC). x86 or x64 (Sandybridge) is not. They want to bring all those legacy instructions to mobile? I don’t see how it could work out favorably. Full disclosure: I dislike Intel. AMD’s Zacate platform would be better suited to mobile, but still can’t hold a candle to the performance/watt of ARM.