A number of manufacturers have announced plans to offer tablets and notebooks with Intel Atom Oak Trail chips… and while most of them will run Windows 7, the chipset can also handle a number of other operating systems including Google Android and MeeGo Linux. Now the folks at Engadget have spotted one of the first MeeGo tablets with an Oak Trail chip.

The i-Buddie tablet was hanging out at the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco this week. The WiFi drivers arent’ working at the moment, but if you’ve been wondering what MeeGo would look like on a 10 inch tablet, you can get a good idea from Engadget’s hands-on gallery.

Note that the tablet looks substantially thicker than an iPad or most Android tablets. While the Intel Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor uses less power than most Intel processors, it still uses more energy and generates more heat than a typical ARM-based chip. The i-Buddie tablet appears to have vents, and I imagine there might be a tiny fan somewhere inside the case to keep things cool.

The tablet also has a nice range of connectivity options including an SD card slot, HDMI port, headset jack, and USB port.


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2 replies on “i-Buddie MeeGo tablet breaks cover”

  1. Vents?!  No thanks.  I’d love for a more “raw” Linux like Meego to succeed in the tablet space, but why bother with this Oak Trail nonsense?

    1. Because ARM can’t run everything x86 systems can and for right now ARM doesn’t have the CPU performance to even rival Intel ATOM processors.

      It’s the next gen ARM chips that will finally rival Intel ATOM’s and put ARM offerings in a better position to rival existing Intel solutions but we’re not there yet…

      Besides, it also means the same company can release the same product with different operating systems, including Windows 7, along with what users would be able to install on their own, and that would not have been possible with a ARM device.

      Have to remember not all mobile to portable devices are intended to have the exact same usages in mind.

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