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Intel debuts Reference Design for Android program aimed at tablets

Intel really wants its chips to take pride of place in Android tablets. It should come as no surprise, then, that the company’s working to make it easier for tablet makers to drop Intel chips into their tablets. Thus this new program. Find out more about the Intel Reference Design for Android program right here, right now!

Reference Design for Android: Meeting the need for speed (and ease)

Intel is aiming to make it easier and faster for companies to drive the engineering process. More specifically, the firm will offer device makers a single “binary image” of Android that they guarantee will work with a certain hardware set – a list of pre-qualified components – or complete specifications. Armed with these two things, they can then craft their system of choice.

How will this help? Well, place yourselves in the shoes of these prospective tablet makers. It can be a wild, wooly process crafting an Android tablet. Hunting down and testing components that will support Android, or, conversely, reworking Android to work with the hardware you’ve got on hand and/or which you want to work with, can be an expensive and costly process that can turn off all but the most dedicated and/or deep-pocketed. So, just try to imagine how these folks would react were a company – such as Intel is doing at present – offer them a particular sort of Android, one which is guaranteed to work perfectly with parts on a supplied list?

Not only this, but Intel also claims that it will be able to provide end users – the people who buy the completed tablets – with Android updates within no more than two weeks of new releases emanating from Google itself. Android updates, as many an Android user knows all too well, can take months to arrive, when they do arrive at all, that is. So as you can see, even consumers stand to win – at least, that’s what Intel is claiming.

But that’s not all; our source says that Intel will also help its partners with Google certification of their finished products, to help them enjoy reduced costs and speed up development time.

Does the future look bright for Android tablets?

We think it might, if the Reference Design for Android program works out as Intel promises it will, that is. (It could help ensure that the resultant tablets adhere to Google levels of quality – and don’t need to end up as no-name Android tablets that don’t run Google services!)

source [Intel Blogs]

via [Liliputing]

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A Closer Look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a laplet – a portmanteau of, you guessed it, laptop and tablet. (It sounds almost as odious as the phablet, but that’s another thing altogether.) Anyway, what can you expect from this latest model of the Surface product line? Read on to know more about it.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Laplet - Windows 8.1 laptop and tablet PC

The Laplet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

So what is a laplet anyway? Well, it’s defined mainly by its x86-architecture CPU, full-featured Windows 8.1 operating system, and input/output ports typically found in laptops. They’re different from your typical convertible or hybrid tablets, since they are designed as laptop or desktop replacements. Yes, the Surface Pro 3 can actually replace your current laptop and you probably won’t find it lacking.

It’s certainly not a pansy in the specs department. The entry level model boasts of a 1.5 GHz Intel Core i3 (4020Y) processor with Intel HD 4200 graphics. The other two models feature 2.9 GHz i5 (4300U) with HD 4400 and 3.3 GHz i7 (4650U) with HD 5000 Haswell CPUs and GPUs, respectively. All three sport a 12-inch ClearType Full HD Plus display with a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution. The rest of the specs are equally impressive: 4 or 8 GB of RAM, and internal storage options of up to 512 GB. Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a mini DisplayPort, and two 5 MP cameras. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 ships with the Surface Pen too.

Check out Microsoft’s ad, taking a shot at a MacBook Air.

So how much?

The most basic model (i3, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage) will set you back US $799, while a midrange model (i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage) will cost you US $1299. If you want the high end model with an i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage, be prepared to shell out US $1949.

To get the full laplet experience, you may want to get the Type Cover keyboard or the recently released docking station. The Type Cover costs an additional US $130, while the docking station (featuring several additional ports and effectively turns the Surface Pro 3 into a desktop) costs $200.

What do you think? It’s a little too costly (okay, not just a little), but we hear you can totally get it for much cheaper… if you’re a student, that is.

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