Chinese computer maker Malata doesn’t get a lot of attention in the US, since as far as I can tell the company rarely sells any products in the States. But over the past few years Malata has come out with some of the more interesting mini-computer designs I’ve seen.

Now the folks at Notebook Italia have gotten their hands on Malata’s product roadmap for the next year or so, and it looks like the company has a number of new netbooks, tablets, and other computers planned.

Malata RoadmapNetbooks

In the netbook space, the company will follow through with plans to release a super-slim 10 inch netbook based on Intel’s Canoe Lake reference design. There will also be a new 11.6 inch model with a slim design based on Intel’s Keeley Lake platform. Both laptops will use the upcoming Intel Atom Cedartrail platform.

Notebook Italia also has the run-down on a number of additional slim netbooks, with some models prioritizing long battery life, others emphasizing slim design, and several 3G-enabled models.

The company is also developing a netbook/tablet hybrid concept that looks an awful lot like the Dell Inspiron Duo.

Tablets

On the tablet side, it looks like Malata has plans for a range of slate computers and convertible tablets — all of which will run Windows. That includes a model with a 9.7 inch IPS display and an Intel Atom Oak Trail processor, and several 10 inch models with Oak Trail chips including one with a 1024 x 600 pixel display and another with a high resolution 1280 x 800 pixel screen.

Malata is reportedly still working on tablets with current-generation Intel Atom Pine Trail chips as well.

 

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2 replies on “Malata’s upcoming netbooks, tablets unveiled”

  1. Strange. An exclusive Intel/Windows shop.

    Kal-El and other ARM SOCs seem to be extremely competitive so there may be some “persuasion” from Intel.

    1. Malata does make ARM based Android tablets too.  So perhaps announcement is just for their regular PC range offerings.  The notebooks and desktops for example are definitely PC only.

      While until Windows 8 comes out there isn’t much choice on the hardware for those who want to use an OS besides Android and iOS, which is more of a issue in the Asian markets than in the US and some other western nations. (Malata is a China based company)

      Ports of linux are possible but hardware support is iffy as not all will have a GPU capable of supporting a desktop OS, among other possible hardware issues, and some may only be able to run as specialized VM.

      Prior to Honeycomb, USB host support was also pretty lousy for Android, along with support for high res screens.  Many China made tablets still use earlier Android versions…

      It can also take a year before Tegra 3 (Kal-El) gets widely distributed around the world and even longer for some to companies to design systems around it.  After all, not all these companies are that big or fully focused on the mobile product market.

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