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Intel known to be a major chipset manufacturer is reportedly working on an Android tablet. The device is code named ‘Red Ridge' which is supposedly based on Intel's X86 Atom chipset. The report first surfaced on Engadget. Engadget reported that Intel would be unveiling the new tablet during the CES 2013 event in January next year.
The report stated the new product to have already been listed in Federal Communications Commission. This means the construction phase of the device is already over and the device is now going through its designing phase.
As per the reports from Engadget, FCC claims that the device runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system whereas the commercial version launch would see the device arriving with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The new development demands significance since most of the Android tablets in the market are currently powered by ARM architecture.
However it would be interesting to see how Intel competes in this competitive market segment with its tablet running on Medfield architecture. Earlier Intel tried to make inroads in to the Android smartphone segment but was not able to attract the buyers and OEMs. However this time analysts predict a greater possibility of success in waiting for Intel once their Red Ridge Android tablet is launched for retail purchase.
Intel processor is known to draw a huge amount of power which demands that the tablet includes a high performance battery. This adds up to the overall weight of the tablet device. Intel will also have to work on performance issues that are created by the overheating of processors. It remains to be seen how the chipset giant will try resolving these issues with its upcoming tablet. This could determine its future in the tablet segment.