Intel brandishes Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

Lenovo plans to bring out an Ice Cream Sandwich tablet based on Intel's new Medfield Atom chip in the second quarter and a Windows 8 tablet based on a next-gen Atom chip later in the year.

LAS VEGAS--Intel demonstrated today at CES a Lenovo tablet based on its new "Medfield" Atom processor and said a Windows 8 tablet based on a next-generation Atom was on the way.

The Lenovo IdeaTab K2110 tablet (see photo and video) is based on Intel's freshly-minted Medfield Atom processor--the same processor powering the Lenovo K800 smartphone announced today.

This Android Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet is slated to appear sometime in the second quarter.

Lenovo IdeaTab K2110 Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet based on new Intel Medfield Atom chip. It's due in the second quarter.
Lenovo IdeaTab K2110 Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet based on new Intel Medfield Atom chip. It's due in the second quarter. Brooke Crothers

Intel and Lenovo are also demonstrating a more futuristic Lenovo tablet running Windows 8 and packing Intel's next-generation Atom chip, dubbed Clover Trail.

That chip, due in the second half of the year, distinguishes itself from Medfield by integrating two processor cores (Medfield has only one) and a higher-performance graphics engine.

Clover Trail will be Intel's platform of choice for Windows 8 tablets this year, while Hybrid tablet-laptop designs will use both Clover Trail and Intel's high-performance Ivy Bridge processor.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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