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Asus: Yes, We're Planning an Oak Trail Tablet

By - Source: Liliputing | B 15 comments

After all this talk of the Tegra 2-powered Transformer, Asus is also working on an Intel-based tablet.

In the height of the netbook craze, it seemed Nvidia’s Tegra chipset couldn’t catch a break. Compared to the ubiquitous Atom processor, Tegra was in only a small percentage of devices. Fast forward a year or so and things have changed completely. We saw numerous Tegra 2 devices at CES, tablets and smartphones alike, and it seems there’s a new one launched every week.

However, despite the fact that many companies are embracing Tegra 2 when it comes to tablets, Oak Trail has ensured Atom won’t disappear anytime soon. Asus has just confirmed that though it has already got several Tegra 2 tablets planned (the EeePad Transformer and EeePad Slider were both confirmed at CES), it’s also working on an Oak Trail tablet.

Details about the upcoming device are scant. Over the weekend, Liliputing noticed that Intel’s Oak Trail press page contained a picture of the Tegra 2-based EeePad Slider (pictured right). This led to speculation that Asus had changed its mind and was instead going to go with an Intel chipset for Slider. Asus quickly dispelled rumors, confirming it was working on an Oak Trail platform but that it wasn’t the EeePad Slider, and Intel removed the image from the Oak Trail gallery. It’s likely this new Intel-based device will also run Windows, as Asus already has Android covered with the the Transformer and Slider (both run Honeycomb). We’ll keep you posted on this one.

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    tuch92 , April 19, 2011 2:19 AM
    "It’s likely this new Intel-based device will also run Intel"
    Android maybe?
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    JMcEntegart , April 19, 2011 2:26 AM
    tuch92"It’s likely this new Intel-based device will also run Intel"Android maybe?

    Oops, thanks! All fixed. :) 
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 2:44 AM
    I might actually get a tablet if it will run a full OS as well (and hardware keyboard). Maybe something like the slider... with a pen, preferably.
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    psiboy , April 19, 2011 2:51 AM
    An Atom is still an Atom no matter how many fancy names you give that piece of junk!
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    kinggraves , April 19, 2011 2:59 AM
    There's not much point in putting on Windows if you aren't using a keyboard. Bluetooth keyboards are usually an option though, and they could use a form factor that can fit the current Transformer dock.

    Rather have a Linux/Android dual boot though. Linux could cover the tasks that can't be done on Android without having to pay for a Win license.
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    SteelCity1981 , April 19, 2011 3:01 AM
    It would be nice if Intel came out with a true Atom competitor to go up against AMD's E-2xx and E-3xx series APU's.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 6:13 AM
    Atom piece of junk? It is not like Tegra 2 has sterling performance either. Atom only sin is power consumption.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 6:32 AM
    cloak trail. Sounds nasty.
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    fyasko , April 19, 2011 6:34 AM
    careful asus, you might get sued by apple.
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    damianrobertjones , April 19, 2011 7:41 AM
    'IF' it's an updated Asus EP121 with better battery life, Asus WILL be getting my money as that was/is the single negative factor of the 121. Strange that the article never mentioned the EP121, instead opting to have two paragraphs of filler.

    "There's not much point in putting on Windows if you aren't using a keyboard. "
    What are you smoking? How many Win7 tablets have you used? If you can clean install win7, tweak the services, install other applications, get onto a domain and pretty much use it like ANY OTHER tablet, then you may have missed something.
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    pelov , April 19, 2011 11:36 AM
    puzzled2011Atom piece of junk? It is not like Tegra 2 has sterling performance either. Atom only sin is power consumption.

    Oak trail will have even worse performance at the sake of significantly less power draw.

    I still don't think Intel has shrunk the x86 down to a size to be feasible and still provide a big bump in performance. It probably will outperform the ARM-based stuff, but nvidia and the other companies are making very big strides in architecture that will see that performance gap decrease, with lower power consumption and a cheaper price.
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    everlast66 , April 19, 2011 10:33 PM
    The best way to get a certain processor in more devices sold is to convince Apple to include in the next iPad - these seem to be the only devices selling in MASS !
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    Anonymous , April 20, 2011 4:01 AM
    "I might actually get a tablet if it will run a full OS as well..."

    I used to think this way, but I took a hard look at my computing needs, and 95% of it can be done with a tablet running Honeycomb (or with one of the apps already released in the market). Windows 7 is far too heavy to run efficiently on any tablet within reason (Asus has a tablet running windows 7, but it starts at $1000 with no keyboard or mouse, and probably has the same performance of a new android tablet once you factor in the weight of the OS).

    My bets on the Asus Transformer... A tablet with a full keyboard, touchpad, 16 hour battery life!, usb ports to add any sized external hard drive, and the ability to VNC to another computer with a full OS for the time you actually need a full OS.
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    eddieroolz , April 20, 2011 4:09 AM
    Oh Intel and their insistence on keeping an inferior technology alive.
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    HappyBB , April 20, 2011 8:33 AM
    How many people are really buying these tablets? This seems to be a waste of natural resources to me as companies keep on launching tablets. I even think that iPad is not a necessity.