Intel has set a goal of powering 40 million tablets this year, and the company just revealed that 130 new Android and Windows tablets would be released using their processors.
Over a dozen of these tablets will be released at the Computex trade show taking place in Taiwan this week. Intel has also announced a new quad-core processor that runs at 4GHz. Not only that, but the company also announced that they made the first phone powered by SoFIA, using in-house processing, but manufactured by foundries outside the company.
A new 7 inch Asus tablet has leaked, and no, it’s not a new Nexus 7. Sorry.
It is, however, one of the first tablets Asus is offering that will be powered by one of Intel’s Bay Trail x86 processors, instead of an ARM processor like 95% of other devices on the market. The processor is reportedly the Atom Z3745, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.3 GHz with a 1.8 GHz turbo boost. It won’t knock off a Snapdragon 805, but it sounds decent enough. The other specs are pretty mid-range, too. with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel rear camera with a 2 megapixel front camera and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage.
Google and Intel held an event earlier today to talk about Chromebooks. As expected a slew of Chromebooks were introduced. More than 20 to be exact, and the many of them will be powered by Intel’s Bay Trail chips, which should yield 11 hours of battery life.
Manufacturers on hand included Acer, Asus, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. Interestingly enough Samsung wasn’t there. Earlier today, we reported about Lenovo’s new N20 and N20p, but they just announced a 64-bit version of the Yoga Chromebook. Last week, Acer teased an upcoming i3 Chromebook, and today it was revealed as the C720. Dell will also offer an i3 Chromebook 11 as well.
Here comes the next wave of Chrome OS devices. On Tuesday, May 6, Google and Intel will be co-hosting a Chrome OS event once again. Google’s vice president of product management Caesar Sengupta will be joined by Intel’s Navin Shenoy, the vice president and general manager of the mobile computing group. A panel will also join the two at Tuesday’s event.
What will be going down aside from the panel’s Q&A session? Brand new Chrome OS devices will be announced. This means we will see new Chromebooks and likely new Chromeboxes. This event is only the start of what should be a fun month of May. Following Tuesday’s event, Motorola has something scheduled for May 13 and LG for May 27.
Any kind of Chrome OS device you are looking forward to in particular?
With Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to be released this July alongside Google I/O, several other rumors about the device has surfaced. One glaring rumor is that Google is opting for Intel’s Moorefield CPU rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which is currently being used in their Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 devices. The Moorefield chip clocks in at a max of 2.33 GHz and is powered by a PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, so either way, there’s no doubt that the rumored Nexus 8 will be a powerhouse whichever direction Google decides to take.
Of course, these are just rumors so take all of this with a grain of salt. Either way, we’ll all know for sure this coming Google I/O 2014! On a side note, do you guys think Google will unveil a new OS, or next iteration of Android (4.5, 5.0)? Or will they still stick with KitKat and just bump it up a notch to 4.4.3?
While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices. Intel was on hand today to announce two new Atom processors, the Merrifield and the Moorefield.
The 64-bit Atom Z3480, formerly known by the codename Merrifield, is a dual-core chip running at 2.13GHz. Using Intel’s 22nm Silvermont architecture, the processor includes an Intel XMM 7160 LTE chip and a PowerVR Series 6 graphics core. Intel says Z3480 equipped devices should start shipping during the second quarter.
2014 is set to be a big year in tech, and companies will have to release products accordingly in order to keep up in a quickly changing market. This is especially true for Intel, who is planning a big year ahead of them.
The start of 2014 will see the release of Intel’s Xeon E7-8800/4800/2800 V2 and Xeon E5-4600 V2 processor series. The Xeon E7 series will be released using the Ivy Bridge-EX brand, with the Xeon E5 being branded under the Ivy Bridge EP4s name.
Asus announced this morning a new Chromebox with a few more ponies under the hood. Just a five months after Google announced that new Chromebooks would feature Haswell processors, the new Chromebox will house either an i3-4010U or Celeron 2955U Haswell processor also. There is an i7 variant but, sadly, that’s not going to be available in the US. The Chromebox will have options for 2GB or 4GB of RAM and will come with integrated Intel HD graphics. The standard 16GB SSD with 100GB Google Drive storage is onboard. It will come with both ethernet and 802.11 b/g/n dual-band WiFi, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an SD card reader.There is both an HDMI and Display Port.
The Chromebox will come with a VESA display mount. There is also a wireless keyboard and mouse option for an extra price. As far as what to expect, the device functions just like previous generation Chromeboxs and Chromebooks. It will boost up almost instantaneously, and will feature the cloud-based services that the Chrome OS is famous for. The boxes will start shipping in March and will be available starting at $179.
source: PC World
After not saying much about it during their CES 2014 keynote, Intel has confirmed that they are powering all Dual OS devices. If you may recall, Intel President Renee James made a cameo appearance at ASUS’ event when the Transformer Book Duet was announced yesterday (which we got our hands on). These devices can switch between Windows and Android in a matter of a few seconds. With this capability, many OEMs hope that they can serve both professional and tech-loving users with Windows’ productivity and Android’s openness.
Intel officially announced during their keynote that they are indeed entering the smart watch bonanza, pitting them against Samsung, Pebble, and Sony from the start. The interesting thing about their unnamed smart watch is that it does not rely on a smartphone at all. The smart watch uses geofencing technology to deliver notifications based on location. Intel also announced the Intel Edison chip that the company plans to use to power small devices like a smart watch.
The final major announcement from Intel’s event was their Jarvis smart headset. Jarvis, a reference design for OEMs to run with, wraps around a user’s ear and connects to a smartphone to gather information. Like Google Now, it can deliver directions, restaurants nearby, and other information to assist users.
Acer will be showing off its C720 Chromebook at CES next week in a Moonstone White color. The specs are the same as the original, including at touchscreen 11.6-inch LED HD backlit display, 32GB SSD, 2GB RAM, an Intel Celeron 2955U processor, and a webcam.
The best part is its price— you can get one for only $299 later this month. You’re looking at a low-cost version of a Chromebook Pixel— it has a lower quality display, and a less powerful battery, but you get a fully functioning and great looking Chromebook for cheap.
Hit the break for Acer’s full press release.