One of my reader, Alex, pointed me to Ramos W32 Tablet, which appears to be the first Android tablet built around Intel Atom Z2460 (Medfield), although the processor has been unveiled in January 2011, and smartphones such as Lenovo K800 have been available for nearly half a year. I suppose the delay between tablets and smartphones releases is because whereas the first smartphones could be based on Android 2.3.x (gingerbread), tablets would have to use Android 4.0.x (ICS) or greater to have a proper large screen interface.
Here are Ramos W32 Tablet PC specifications:
- SoC – Intel Atom Z2460 @ 1.6GHz with PowerVR SGX540 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 16GB Nand Flash, microSD card socket (Up to 32GB)
- Display – 10.1″ Capacitive Screen IPS Display (1280×800)
- WIFI 802.11 b/g/n
- 3G via external 3G dongles such as E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W
- Camera – 1.3 MP front camera
- Video Containers – AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV…
- Audio Codecs – MP3/WMA/WAV/APE/AAC/FLAC/OGG
- Audio I/O – 3.5mm earphone jack
- USB – 1x micro USB port
- Sensors – Gravity
- Battery – 5400mAh. About 6-7 hours on one charge
- Dimensions – 258.3 x 164 x 9.5mm
- Weight – 535g
The package also includes a charger, a USB cable, and a user’s manual in English, Russian, German and Spanish.
Intel Atom Z2460 is a single-core Saltwell processor running at 1.6 to 2.0 GHz with 512KB L2 cache and hyper-threading technology. This SoC also features an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 GPU @ 400 MHz and hardware video decoder and encoder (up to 1080p).
Back in January 2012, reports showed very good performance and power consumption compared to existing solutions such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus based on OMAP4460, but time has passed, new SoCs have been released, and now that Z2460 is available in retail products it’s rather a mid-range solution. A video about a Ramos W32 sample uploaded in October shows Antutu 2.8.2 benchmark with a score of 5602. As a comparison, Rockchip RK3066 can achieve 8000 in Antutu 2.8. Of course, it’s possible the software has been improved since then, and that Antutu is not properly optimized for x86 processors. For those looking for faster performance, Intel has also recently released the new dual core Atom Z2760 with PowerVR SGX545, but it only appears to be used in Windows RT tablets for now.