Rammus is back and seems to be a Google tablet with an Amber Lake-Y CPU
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It could be possible that Google is working on a new tablet, as the Geekbench listings for the Rammus device seem to point in that direction. The name first appeared in the benchmark database in October 2018 with a different set of stated specifications: Intel Core m3-8100Y, Android 7.1.1, and 4 GB RAM. However, the possible Google tablet that has now been spotted by MySmartPrice brings an i7-8500Y CPU, 8 GB RAM, and Android 9 (although MySmartPrice speculates the device uses Chrome OS).
A further variant of the tentative Google tablet has also turned up recently, but this seems to be the same Rammus device that turned up in October, only this time with an updated OS and a different Geekbench test version. So it seems likely there are just two models, one with an m3-8100Y and 4 GB RAM and another with an i7-8500Y and 8 GB RAM, using “Google Rammus” as a name. It has been pointed out that the higher-specced device out of the two has similar hardware to the i7 version of the Google Pixel Slate, so it is possible Rammus is going to be a cheaper version of the expensive tablet but also with an i7 processor.
Many have bemoaned the state of the tablet market, so it would be a risk for Google to produce new entrants that could end up being lost in the long list of contenders trying to bite at the market share that is currently dominated by Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. A Google tablet with a hefty 8 GB RAM and a speedy i7-8500Y SoC could do well if it doesn’t inherit the same problems that beset the Pixel Slate, such as the poorly implemented user interface and the high price. It will be interesting to find out if Microsoft’s Surface or Apple’s iPad will face a new challenger with Google’s Rammus.