Intel's Oak Trails sounds like a multimedia powerhouse for tablets.
Computerworld reports that on Tuesday Motion Computing demonstrated a Windows 7-based tablet-- the Motion CL900-- featuring Intel's upcoming Oak Trail platform. The tablet was shown at a preview event for press and analysts ahead of CES 2011.
According to the report, the device sported a 1.5 GHz Atom processor with specialized hardware that could quickly decode high-definition video. The chip also reportedly featured decoders to accelerate the playback of MPEG files in Windows Media Player.
Michael Johnson, senior vice president of product development at Motion Computing, said that Intel used a different graphics core than what's used with current Atom chipsets. With that said, the processor is reportedly capable of playing full 1080p high-definition video at 30 frames per second-- current Atom processors can only do 720p video.
During the preview, Johnson also revealed that the tablet's battery can run up to eight hours on a single charge thanks to the changes Intel made at the chip level with the Oak Trail platform. He also listed other hardware specs including a 30 GB SSD, 2 GB of RAM, and an overall weight of around 2.1 pounds.
Johnson said that the tablet will be slated for field workers and retailers, and will retail for around $1,000 USD when it officially launches in early Q2 2011.
Wednesday Motion Computing released a formal announcement, revealing that the tablet's rugged design offers the protection of the MIL-STD-810G specification. Other features include optional integrated Gobi 3000 mobile broadband, GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN, Bluetooth 3.0, a display constructed with Corning Gorilla Glass, an IP-52 rated exterior and more.
Motion will be showcasing the tablet PC at the Hilton Las Vegas (LVCC), Suite #377.