Intel might be losing the mobile chip war, but they’re certainly not giving up. Today at Computex, the company showed off a Honeycomb tablet prototype powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor. The tablet, which is made by Compal, also has 1GB of RAM and a GPU based on the PowerVR SGX535. Looking at the specs, you’d expect this prototype to smoke every other Android tablet available today. But no, not even close.
According to the gentlemen at Tweakers.net, Intel has a lot of catching up to do. Right after getting their hands on the tablet, they did what every other geek does after getting a device, they put it through a series of benchmarks — and the results are not promising. On popular benchmark suites like CaffeineMark, Linpack, and Quadrant, the Intel-powered tablet lost by a huge margin to other Android tablets like the Acer A500 Iconia Tab, and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Galaxy Tab. Interestingly, the tablet did very well on the SunSpider benchmark, taking first place away from the Asus Eee Transformer Pad.
While it’s too early to tell whether Intel’s Oak Trail will be able to take on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, the early results are in, and they’re bad news for Intel. What do you guys think? Do you think that Intel stands a chance in the over-competitive mobile chip market? Would you consider buying an Intel-powered Android tablet?