Chinese device maker Ramos has unveiled a new line of Android tablets, and for the first time the company is outfitting tablets with Intel processors. The new Ramos i-series tablets feature Intel Clover Trail+ processors, and they’re expected to launch in China this month for around $195 and up.
There are 4 new Ramos tablets in the lineup, including the Ramos i8, i9, i10, and i12, featuring 8 inch, 9 inch, 10 inch, and 11.6 inch screens, respectively.
The Ramos i8 is the cheapest of the bunch, and features 1GB of RAM and a 1280 x 800 pixel display. All the other models have 2GB of RAM and full HD screens.
The Ramos i12 has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, while the i9 and i10 have 1920 x 1200 pixel displays.
All 4 versions feature Intel’s 2 GHz Atom Z2580 processor. It’s a 32nm dual-core chip with support for hyperthreading. While it won’t offer the same kind of performance as the new Bay Trail chips Intel launched this week, the company’s Clover Trail+ platform offers low power consumption and the kind of performance you’d expect from a mid-range Android phone or tablet.
When Chinese tablet makers who are known for producing low-cost products start to use Intel chips, it’s a pretty good sign that Intel is offering something that’s competitive with the low-cost ARM-based chips coming from Chinese companies such as Allwinner, Rockchip, and MediaTek (although Ramos has been known to use chips from Samsung as well, and Samsung’s not exactly a bit player).