There’s a Tablet Just for You

It has been an exciting and busy week for us in the tablet world.  IFA Berlin (one of the world’s leading trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances) is in full swing this week with a wave of new Intel-based tablets being launched from both well-known brand names and newcomers in the tablet market, bringing innovative tablet features and solutions to consumers.

Well-known brand names including Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba all announced new Intel-based tablets at IFA that come in various screen sizes, colors, price range and operating systems (Android or Windows), touting innovative features such as anti-fingerprint screen coating technology, special capabilities for taking notes and sketching, or high-end cameras.  For consumers, it’s never been a better time than now to shop for a tablet. Whether it’s for work or play or whatever the budget is, there will be a tablet that is just right.

acer iconia one 8

Acer Iconia One 8 Tablet

These tablets are all powered by the Intel® AtomTM processor, providing lightning-fast performance that will enable basic usages such as smooth web browsing and email, but also more complex tasks such as photo editing and 3D image modeling – tasks that consumers are increasingly doing more on-the-go on their tablets.

More tablets now also have LTE as an option for consumers that want more connectivity capabilities.  New tablets from ASUS and Lenovo have the Intel® XMMTM 7160 modem, which offer more flexibility and faster connectivity.

Another trend that we recently observed is that more tablets are designed specifically for a target audience.  For example, AARP launched the RealPad this week, targeting Americans that are 50+ but still apprehensive about technology.  RealPad is designed to make using technology an enjoyable, easy and affordable experience through a tailor-made, easy-to-use software interface.  This interface includes a troubleshooting feature, which will resolve common problems such as resetting your WiFi settings with one click. Other tablets recently announced include the KD Interactive’s KurioTab, designed for children, and includes pre-loaded apps as well as enhanced parental controls.   There is even a tablet from Austria called the AlpenTab that is made out of wood and is one of the lightest tablets out there.

Alpentab

AlpenTab

As IFA Berlin winds down and we shift our focus to next week’s Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, we will talk about more about areas where we see growth, share our vision of how the market will continue to evolve with new and exciting features such as 3D cameras for tablets.   Stay tuned for more updates!

Chris Walker

About Chris Walker

Chris Walker is the general manager for revenue platforms for tablets in Intel's Mobile & Communications Group. In his current capacity, Chris is responsible for product line management; OEM design wins, and platform roadmaps; and the P&L for the application processor business targeting tablets and volume 2-in-1 devices based on the Atom architecture. Chris has been with Intel for more than 20 years with various operations, finance, product marketing and business development roles. Chris holds his BS in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Silicon Valley.

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