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First Oak Trail tablet might be coming next month

The Atom-powered tablets are set to arrive in May

At the time when the launch of iPad 2 is creating waves among consumers and businesses alike – Intel seems to have woken up to the realization that it has almost non-existence share in the tablet market. The result – come May and you might see a number of tablets released running Intel’s Oak Trail platform. Computex 2011 happening in May sounds like the perfect time.

The Oak Trail platform includes an Atom processor with a supporting chipset known as Whitney Point. Although the model is not yet finalized, many blogs speculates it as the single-core Z670. Like the Moorestown, the Oak Trail is expected to be able to run full 1080p HD videos and HDMI support with improved battery life.

The platform reportedly supports Windows 7 and MeeGo out-of-box right now but reports are not clear about the same for Android 3.0. Although Windows 7 is nowhere close to the touch experience Android or iOS provide – the idea of running the desktop version of the Windows rather than CE is quite intriguing.

There have been Windows 7 tablets in the market but none are successful. The Oak Trail tablets will have to be really different from these – and a touch-optimized customized UI over the stock Win 7 will surely help.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-04- 5 (Update: 2012-05-26)