Computex to Introduce Android and ARM tablets

Computex is offering its latest tablet on the lines of iPad, next week in Taipei. The news has got most tech watchers on their hooves, all ready to examine this new wonder product that comes with Google’s Android operating system. One of the reasons that the company opted for the new Google Android comes not from the fact that it is a great OS for tablets, rather because it is free, easy to use and has a lot of applications attached to it. These tablets use the ARM technology and hence, can give iPad a stiff competition when it comes to pricing. It is expected that the new tablets by VIA will be priced within the range of $100 and $150, when compared to Apple’s $499 for the iPad! However, with the kind of price being set, contemplations are on regarding the size of the tablet. Most industry experts are of the view that these tablets will look more like cheaper versions of iPads: smaller in size and less sophisticated. These new tablets are rather being termed as the mythical mobile Internet device (MID). While the attempts to launch MIDs have turned foul in the past (as in the case of Intel), it is now a matter of time to see what the fate of ARM-driven MID will be.

For those uninitiated, VIA is best known for its x86 solutions, even as it is an ARM licensee. VIA is expected to compete with the likes of Samsung, Apple, Free scale, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Marvell etc, all of which are involved in making ARM-based chips for use within smart books and tablets.

Meanwhile, VIA is not the only player in the arena. NVIDIA is also eying the ARM tablet market. It is expected to launch its Tegra 2 within the next week. Tegra 2 is awaiting a better audience in the market with NVIDIA’s expertise in 3D solutions. It is also expected that the launch of Tegra 2 might outdo A4, an Apple initiative in the tablet UI market. Another reason for Tegra 2’s anticipated success is that it is expected to run Flash without causing much burden on the tablet’s processor. Though, contemplations regarding the battery life are still on, Tegra 2 awaits a much better reception than VIA tablets.

The one reason that makes ARM-android tablet prone to skepticism by the tech watchers is the fact that the android applications are not designed for tablets. Then again, since android tablets are to come in different screen resolutions, things may get a little confusing on that front. When android HD applications do arrive in the market, their screen resolution optimization might not be supported by that of the tablet. Hence, the entire ARM-Android tablet might be heading for a failure if other resorts are not explored. Some analysts are of the view that dumping Android and instead opting for Chrome OS will rather prove to be more beneficial for the ARM-Android tablet. Change may have already begun as ARM has been reportedly seen as pushing its developers to come up with Chrome OS ARM ports. In the meantime, let us be satisfied with whatever the ARM-Android tablet has to offer.

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