updated 06:05 am EDT, Tue May 24, 2011
Acer to ship 10-inch Atom-based Android 3.0 tablet
More details have emerged about one of the rumored Atom-based Android 3.1 tablets set to ship from the second half of the year. According to Digitimes, Acer will launch a 10-inch Android tablet on Intel's new Oak Trail platform. The tablet is already being manufactured by Compal and will arrive before the end of July.
Intel has been pushing its new, smaller, more efficient SOC package to vendors by offering discounts and other inducements in order to encourage them to adopt the platform. For some manufactures, this means potentially running three lines of tablet devices. Those based on the more widespread ARM Cortex/Android platform, those running Windows on Intel Atom, and now those running Android on Intel Atom.
The advantage of running Android on Intel's Atom platform is reportedly better performance, but at the same price point. Acer is also evaluating a fourth platform, one that combines Oak Trail with Intel's open source MeeGo OS.