Chinese tablet maker Ramos is preparing to launch one of the first Android tablets featuring an Intel Atom Z2460 Medfield processor. That’s a 1.6 GHz x86 processor with PowerVR SGX540 graphics, which so far we’ve only seen in smartphones, not tablets.
PandaWill is taking pre-orders for the Ramos W32 for $288 and expects it to ship in early January. A number of AliExpress sellers are also taking orders.
The Ramos W32 features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display with a 170 degree viewing angle (something that’s not always a given on Chinese tablets), 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
It runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich… which is a little behind the times. But the tablet will still be one of the first devices with a Medfield processor to run anything newer than Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The tablet has a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 5-point capacitive touchscreen, 802.11n WiFi, a micro USB port, 3.5mm headset jack, and a microSD card slot.
It has a 5400mAh battery which is reportedly good for 6 to 7 hours of battery life.
The Ramos W32 measures 10.2″ 6.5″ x 0.37″ and weighs 1.2 pounds.
I discovered the tablet through CNX-Software this weekend, but apparently Ramos has been showing off the W32 for a few months. A couple of YouTube videos showing the tablet in action popped up in October.
They seem to show a tablet with decent performance — while the Intel x86 processor is the tablet’s most unusual feature, odds are most people could pick up the Ramos W32 and use it without realizing it has an Intel chip instead of a mid-level ARM-based processor.
Chinese gadgets are always awesome. X86 is really so wonderful
for embedded system and low power application.
This Tablet is already dated out-the-door – much better products to launch in the new few weeks from Ainol and Pipo – which will be offered through TabletSprint.com and a few other tablet resellers
So what if any advantage does this have over an ARM-based system that already has the code optimized for it? It’s not the battery life, that’s for sure.
This seems like a novelty/enthusiasts toy more than an actual daily driver.
Hasn’t Intel, Google and community devs been optimizing Android on x86 for over a year now?
Also, aren’t most of these tablets a novelty/enthusiasts toy?
I think tablets are generally more mainstream now then they have been in the past, but some more so than others.
Okay, arguably the code is up to snuff, still what’s the allure of running Android on this platform specifically?
For now, not much… it’s basically just the first product Intel has produced that can compete directly with ARM and for the average mobile device it should work just fine for most… At least as well as most Cortex A9 dual core ARM SoCs have served…
It’s only the high end products that it can’t compete with but that puts them in pretty much the same position as say how Nvidia was at with the Tegra 2… It wasn’t really until the Tegra 3 that Nvidia started to pull ahead and they still need the Tegra 4 to start claiming themselves as one of the top choices.
Intel similarly plans a significant improvement when the next gen 22nm ATOM comes out between the later half of 2013 and early 2014. So we’ll see then how they compare but for now they’re establishing their presence in the mobile market and showing they can be a viable choice.
The main difference now is that Intel isn’t producing their own version of ARM, like the multitude of other mobile device makers, but their own solution instead.
Though, other than the novelty that may suggest, they’re basically just another competitor in the mobile market and, aside from geeks, most people don’t really care all that much about what hardware their device is using as long as it does what they want it to do!
Mind that not all ARM devices are always fully optimized and there’s a lot of hardware fragmentation among ARM solutions because of the extreme diversity. So aside from garnering consumer confidence it should still compare well to the average mobile device and not just the best examples.
While Medfield will get a partial update in early 2013 with the Z2000 (for lower end solutions) and the Z2580, which will provide dual core CPU and dual SGX544MP2 GPU for significantly more performance than the present single core Z2460 (1.3-1.6GHz burst mode) / Z2480 (1.3-2GHz burst mode) and single SGX540 GPU.
Though that update still won’t let them claim top performance for mobile devices but it may let Intel hold their ground until the 22nm update comes out as we see more next gen ARM devices get released over the next year.
So that should give a good perspective of how things stand and may go from here…
A most excellent answer to my question!
Thank you for taking the time to do so!
I guess I’m just so unused to seeing Intel in this space that it seemed a pure novelty on the part of the manufacturer, but now it makes sense to me.
Again thank you, and happy holidays!
There are some excellent tablets coming out of china just now, the first quarter of next year looks exciting.
Hoping this leads to some HDMI sticks… steam on HDTV would be nice…
That is a crazy dream…but I love it!!!
First question would be given thats its x86….will it run windows ? Anyone know ?
Most likely not. You need a bios to boot windows. Uboot will not boot windows afaik.
will it run Debian or Slackware?
Some models that will be released in emerging market countries have indicated they may be given dual booting OS option but they never specified which two OS they would offer.
It’s unlikely Medfield would ever run desktop Windows, it’s optimized more for Smart Phones than Tablets, but it’s possible to run a light weight Linux distro, or another Mobile OS alternative to Android.
Though the more powerful dual core Medfield coming out next year could possibly be the exception.
The Z2580 should provide near Clover Trail CPU performance but the dual SGX544MP2 should provide significantly better graphical performance than Clover Trail presently offers with it’s single SGX545 based GMA. So they may reconsider what they’ll offer then…
They still need to better develop the driver support anyway and that too should effect what options they could offer.
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