Apr 11 AT 2:52 PM Alberto Vildosola 15 Comments

Honeycomb devices powered by Intel coming in May

According to Intel, the company is working with Google to bring Android 3.0 Honeycomb to devices running Intel’s Oak Trail chips. The single-core chips will run at 1.5 GHz and be powered by a PowerVR SGX535 graphics core. Intel admitted that Oak Trail chips are not as good as ARM chips at power consumption, but that the company plans to compete better as chips get smaller and faster.

Around 35 tablets running Intel’s Oak Trail chips are expected to be shown this week at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. Companies like Lenovo, Fujitsu, Samsung and Motion Computing, Kircos will be showing their devices at the show, with devices running Oak Trail expected to become available around May of this year. I’m not so sure I’d choose Intel chips over Nvidia’s Tegra 2, especially with Tegra 3 in the horizon. But to each its own, are any of you guys interested in a tablet powered by this chip?

Via: Phandroid

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website TatiG

    Awesome. I love Nvdia and all, but Intel is a big player, and it should really be a game changer.

  • http://Website martin

    lol its all about battery life. im not excited because the nexus 4 from intel will be able to play world of warcraft at 1600×1200.

    i want my nexus 4 to last a week! im just interested in intel on this formfactor. i wont even look at it until it starts outperforming arm on battery life, then you go take off, hoser.

    • http://Website Hans

      Nexus 4? Lmao

  • http://Website MaggieL

    Why, are you giving them away? I’ll take one.

  • http://Website Daniel

    Ouch, SGX535? Why!? That’s the GPU found in the PSP, ODroid, 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 1. While it’s certainly capable of running a 1024×768 screen decently if the hardware is properly used, it still feels like a dated choice when even the SGX540 (Galaxy S) is significantly better. Let alone the newer Immersion and competing GPUs…

  • http://Website Muwahhid

    You like tegra 2 my bollocks are smoother.

  • http://Website Nedjo

    Single core with outdated graphic and mammoth power sucking + non optimized x86 architecture = crappy Honeycomb experience!
    Intel is huge brand, but on tablet, smartphone and graphics markets they are completely outclassed

  • http://Website SquirrelWithAGunAtTheZoo

    Since Intel is admitting Oak Trail is less energy efficient than ARM chips, I can safely say, without even having played around with one mind you, that I’ll pass on Oak Trail devices altogether.
    ARM-based Android devices have enough problems getting through one workday as it is.

  • http://Website gad

    Don’t think they are ready for prime time yet.Will go for Nvidia for now

  • http://Website Sturoid

    Nvidia and Samsung have seriously awesome chips out or at least out within threw next month. I’m sorry but if Intel want to play in this game they will have to leap and bound over these other two and get into like 3day product cycle if they want and hope of catching up lol

    • http://Website ari-free

      First they are getting in the game. Once they are in, they have the potential to get really competitive in pricing.

  • http://Website Angry Android owner

    I don’t like Google’s current strategy with Honeycomb, as if tablets running Honeycomb are already coming in May, even though Honeycomb hasnt been released yet for the public, that means Google is picking and choosing which companies succeed with Android.

    Instead of making deals with just certain companies, Google seriously needs to release Honeycomb to the public, which would greatly increase the number of Android tablets.

  • http://Website Daniel

    i think its good that ARM will have competition but even if their technology was better, Intel would still be at a huge disadvantage. From the outset, no apps that utilize the NDK (ie. partially written in C/C++ rather than just java) will work, and will require new “universal binary” versions. So that means most games. Its going to be a hard sell to a phone manufacturer to switch to Intel when they have to worry about whether angry birds will run ;)
    And we thought fragmentation was bad already!

  • AME

    I doubt they would, but if they made their tablet around $200 (or less) with wifi it would be worth looking at. Otherwise, I might as well get a Galaxy tab or the new Eee pad which looks pretty cool.

  • http://Website Ramshambo

    Good gawd PowerVR SGX535?!!?!?! Why bother? It’s not even out yet and it’s obsolete. I’m glad theres another contender, but seriously are they doing any kind of market research over there? Do they know what their competing against?