An Acer sales manager tells Computer World that the company is planning to build a few new Android tablets this year including 7 and 10 inch models with Intel Sandy Bridge processors. The story also says the company will be scaling back its netbook plans in favor of tablets.
According to Computer World, the tablets will have four-core processors and run “faster than laptops with Windows.”
Of course, Sandy Bridge processors are much more powerful than the ARM-based chips favored by most Android tablet makers, and since Android is designed to run on those low power chips, it makes sense that an Android tablet would appear faster than a Windows machine, at least in terms of the amount of time it takes to boot, suspend, launch programs, and perform many other tasks.
I’m not entirely convinced this will make the machines “faster,” per se, but the article is pretty light on details. There’s also no mention of how using x86 chips instead of ARM-based chips will affect the battery life of these tablets.
Honestly, I’m taking the whole report with a grain of salt for now. But I have to admit that I’m intrigued by the idea of Sandy Bridge powered Android tablets.
Update: Acer says it’s not phasing out netbooks and there are currently no plans to introduce a Sandy Bridge-powered tablet.