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No iPad 2 Rival : Intel To Launch Affordable Medfield Tablet

Sources within the component community in Taiwan claim that Intel will release a blueprint for a tablet PC product codenamed StudyBook that will focus on emerging markets and will adopt the same sales strategy as for the Classmate PC which was essentially a ruggedised netbook aimed at competing with the One Laptop Per Child project.

According to Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai from Digitimes, the tablet will have a 10-inch screen and will adopt Intel's Medfield platform (one which will also be used in smartphones) while sporting dual operating systems.

Given its target markets, it is highly unlikely that the tablets will come with Windows 8. Instead we guess that Intel will bundle a Linux distro (Android, Ubuntu) with its own Tizen OS, borne out of Meego and Bada OS. cer The tablet is expected to be launched in the second half of 2012 with a suggested retail price of less than $299, significantly more than the $40 tablet procured by the Indian government. The tablets are expected to be manufactured by Elite Computer Systems (ECS) and China-based Malata.

It is likely though that Intel will have a hard time competing in the education procurement market given that the mass availability of ARM-based solution provide governments with more flexibility at a more affordable price point.

Source : Digitimes (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.