A report has surfaced about a certain tablet that was shown off during CES 2012, which, for one reason or another, did not get media attention until now.
No explanation for this perceived oversight has been offered, especially considering that the item was actually quite unique.
Quite simply, it was an AMD Fusion (though not anymore) APU-powered slate loaded with the Android 4.0 operating system from Google.
For those unaware, Android 4.0 is the other name that the Ice Cream Sandwich is known by.
The tablet was made by MSI (Micro-Star International) and is called WindPad 110W.
Unfortunately, Advanced Micro Devices itself did not play a part in the creation of this Android-loaded version.
Instead, MSI made it and used the Android 4.0 ISO for AMD Brazos-based tablets that the Android-x86 project developed.
That is not to say that the Sunnyvale, California-based company is not interested in the work of the team.
After all, AMD donated some development boards back in April, 2011, and may end up seeing the AMD "Persimmon" platform of embedded processors get similar code at some point as well.
Nonetheless, there don't seem to be any plans for future, official AMD Android devices.
On the bright side, if one happens to own a Brazos tablet, they can go and download the ROM themselves.
Be warned, though: while Android 4.0 supposedly runs well enough (UI scrolling worked fine and even a game ran well), there may be issues. The Verge actually got close and personal with the WindPad 110W and reported it freezing and force closing after a few minutes.
For those who want a reminder, MSI's 10-inch tablet has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (an IPS panel), the AMD dual-core Dual Core Z01+HD6250, 2GB/4GB RAM, an SSD of 32/64GB, two cameras, a card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and USB 2.0 (one port), among other things.
AMD Android 4.0 Tablet Visited CES 2012, Courtesy of MSI
May or may not be a sign of things to come, hopefully the former
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