Acer's rumored Atom-based Android tablet might come this July
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We have mostly seen Android running on ARM processors, and the operating system reserved for the Intel Atom processors is in most cases a version of Windows – either XP or 7 or any Linux. Acer attempts to combine the two in search of a more powerful Android machine than the ones in existence right now, and came up with this unnamed tablet based on Intel Oak-Trail based Atom platform and running Android 3.1.
Still unnamed, the 10.1” tablet is already being manufactured by Compal and should start shipping before the end of July.
Intel has been pushing its new SOC package to vendors by offering discounts and other inducements in order to encourage them to adopt the platform. If this Acer experiment works, it could be a major step forward for Intel in the tablet market that is mostly dominated by the ARM-based chips till now. Intel needs the tablet market as it seems to be slowly taking over the netbook market where Atom is prevalent. Tablets sure are the next big thing, and to remain a leader in the chip market, Intel needs to penetrate the Tablets.