The first tablets featuring Intel Atom Z3000-series Bay Trail processors are due to hit the streets in the coming months. And if early benchmarks are anything to go by, they’re going to offer significantly better performance than any Atom-powered devices to date.
The folks at AnandTech spent a few hours with a test unit featuring an Atom Z3770 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 10 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, and they came away impressed with both the performance and the power consumption.
In a nutshell, it looks like Intel’s new chips will offer performance that’s on par with AMD’s Kabini processors, but significantly lower power consumption. While there are more powerful chips on the market, Bay Trail processors will likely hit a sweet spot between price, performance, and power consumption, resulting in tablets that cost less than $500, offer 8 hours of battery life, and performance that’s about as good as a mid-range laptop from a few years ago.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- In-depth look at the performance of Intel’s Atom Z3770 Bay Trail processor
Intel promised that it’s next-gen Atom chips would offer twice the performance while using less power. It looks like the company was telling the truth. [AnandTech]
- A look inside Motorola’x Moto X assembly plant in Texas
Ever wonder how many people working on an assembly line it takes to put together a smartphone like the Moto X? This photo shoot helps answer that question. [The Verge]
- Moto X and 2013 Motorola Droid lineup rooted
If these are the Droids you’re looking for… you might want to know how to root them. Fortunately, a temporary root method has been found. [Droid Life]
- Motorola plans to launch another tablet… at some point
Motorola hasn’t released a new tablet since the company was acquired by Google. But the company is apparently working on one. [Engadget]
- Looks like the LG D820/D821 really might be the Nexus 5
Once upon a time the internet decided that the upcoming LG D820 was probably the Nexus 5. Then leaker/insider @evleaks said that was wrong. Now he’s changed his mind. [@evleaks]
- Apple TV update next week could bring improved AirPlay support
Tired of only streaming content to your own Apple TV? Soon you may be able to visit a friends’ house and stream content to theirs. [AllThingsD]