CeBIT 2011 | Intel Atom-based tablets previewed by ECS
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Taiwan-based firm Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is showing off a couple of tablet systems running the new Intel Oak Trail at CeBIT this week. One tablet is a 10.1-inch model featuring a 1024x600 or 1366x768 resolution screen and the Intel Atom Z670, which should be the first batch of Oak Trail processors to be released later this month. The model also features a hefty maximum of 2GB of DDR2 RAM and includes the usual front and rear cameras and Wi-Fi with Bluetooth connectivity options. Besides the 10.1-inch model, a smaller 7-inch model was displayed as well, with much the same specs as the larger device except with 1GB of RAM maximum.
Liliputing notes that ECS is an original device manufacturer, so these tablets could come to western markets under different brand names. This is interesting because the spec card for the 7-inch model mentions Windows 7 Home Premium, Intel MeeGo and Android 3.0 as supported operating systems. This may indicate that ECS can distribute the tablet to different companies and have them choose which OS is appropriate for a commercial release. In this regard, the tablets could be quite flexible in software and usability.
The tablets are expected to begin production this May according to Ubergizmo, but prices remain unknown.