June 02, 2014, 2:42 PM — After spinning its wheels for so many years, Intel has finally landed some tablet vendors for its Atom processors. And not just any vendors; it scored three first-tier vendors.
The massive Computex show is taking place in Taiwan this week, so there will be a whole lot of new hardware being introduced. Dell, Acer, and Asus kicked it off with the announcement of new 7" and 8" Android tablets that feature Intel's Bay Trail processor.
The tablets were a part of an overall larger announcement from Dell, which included new PCs and monitors. The Dell Venue 7 and 8 both run the dual-core Atom Z3460 and Z3480, respectively.
Both systems will ship with the latest Android release, Android 4.4, a.k.a. "Kit Kat." Dell has also released a bunch of accessories for the two, including a wireless Bluetooth keyboard, speakers and a charging cradle. The Venue 7 and 8 will go on sale on Dell's website on July 1, with the Venue 7 starting at $159.99 and the Venue 8 ringing in at $199.99.
Acer's Iconia Tab 8 uses the quad-core Atom Z3745 processor and a high definition 1920x1200 IPS display. Acer is really going all-out with this display. It features anti-fingerprint technology to reduce smudging, and uses "Zero Air Gap" manufacturing method to reduce the gap between the LCD and its protective glass. The result is a device only 8.5 mm thick. The Iconia Tab 8 will come with Android 4.4 when it ships in the third quarter of 2014.
Asus is really making a big bet on Atom, with no less than six Bay Trail-powered Android tablets. It announced tablets in its MeMO Pad, FonePad 7 and 8 and Asus Transformer Pad lineups. FonePad comes with dual SIM slots for 3G cellular connectivity. All of these tablets will ship with Asus' own spin on Android 4.4, ZenUI.
Intel first introduced Bay Trail last year as an overall family of Atomprocessors aimed at the tablet and smartphone market. The first chip was Silvermont, although there are others like Valleyview and Cherryview.
Bay Trail was a significant upgrade over its predecessor, Clover Trail, to the point some feared it might cannibalize Core processor sales.