Intel is pushing its low-power Bay Trail processors as an alternative to ARM-based tablet processors. Several Chinese device makers have already announced upcoming Android tablets with Bay Trail chips. Now it looks like Taiwanese PC maker Asus may be getting ready to launch its own line of Android tablets with Bay Trail processors — and it looks like they’ll be competitively priced at around $149 and up.
These 7 inch tablets don’t exactly have bleeding edge specs. They’re expected to feature 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. But they will run Android 4.4 KitKat, feature IPS screens with wide viewing angles.
Intel’s Atom Z3745 processor is a 64-bit, 1.33 GHz quad-core chip. It features 311 MHz Ivy Bridge graphics (with max speeds of 778 MHz), and it’s an x86 processor with support for up to 4GB of RAM.
While Intel’s positioning this as a low-power, low-cost chip for cheap Android tablets, it should be able to support Windows and other operating systems as well — the Atom Z3745 is very similar to the Atom Z3740 CPU found in Windows devices such as the Asus Transformer Book T100 and Dell Venue 8 Pro.
While I’m not sure I’d want to dump Android and load Windows on a tablet with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, this upcoming $149 Asus tablet and other devices like it could make interesting platforms for testing Ubuntu and other operating systems even for folks that have little interest in an Android tablet.
It should also be interesting to see how Intel-powered $149 tablets compare with budget Android tablets with low-cost ARM chips from companies like Allwinner, Rockchip, and MediaTek.
via Mobile Geeks