Intel wants a piece of the Android tablet market and has just launched an alternative to ARM processors called the Intel Bay trail processor. This processor is designed to consume low power while providing twice the CPU and GPU performance of previous Atom processors. The company claims that typical tablets using this onboard will have a battery life of 10 hours while also having a standby time of up to three weeks.
Several Chinese device makers have already signified their interest in using the Intel Bay Trail processor and in fact some have already started selling tablets with this chip. Chinese device manufacturers Cube, Onda, Ramos, and Teclast have announced plans to release tablets using the 64-bit Bay Trail chip.
While the above mentioned brands are not popular in markets outside of China one popular device maker is also set to use Intel’s chip for tablets. Taiwanese maker Asus is ready to launch its own line of tablets using Bay Trail according to reports. There are two tablets that the company will be releasing which are the Asus ME176 and the Asus ME181.
This device was first spotted in postings made by several US retailers (still listed as a coming device). This 7-inch tablet uses an Intel Atom Z3745 processor and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s not actually a high-end device but more of a budget tablet with its 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space. Its 7-inch IPS display provides wide viewing angles and great color reproduction.
The processor is based on a 64-bit architecture which means that if a 64-bit Android were to be released then this device will be able to support it. It has a clock speed of 1.33GHz and comes with four cores.
One interesting thing to mention is that the Atom Z3745 processor can also support the Windows operating system. We are not sure if its performance will be great when using Windows however those who love to tinker around with devices might want to try to install Ubuntu on it.
The Asus ME176 is expected to cost $149 and should provide competition against other similarly priced Android tablets using chips from MediaTek, Allwinner, and Rockchip.
The other Android tablet using the Bay Trail processor that Asus will be launching is the Asus ME181. It uses a bigger 8 inch display and is expected to cost around $200. This device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, uses an 8-inch IPS display, and is powered by a quad core Intel Atom Z3745 processor. There’s also 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
Since Microsoft has made its Windows operating system free for devices that have a display less than 9 inches this means that we might also be seeing a version of this device running on Windows. As far as pricing goes it should be the same as that of the Android version.
Both the Asus ME176 and the Asus ME181 are not yet available in stores