Qualcomm Snapdragon, NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Intel Atom are the main platforms expected to spawn tablet PCs and/or media slates this year. All compete against each other in terms of processing power, multimedia support and, most importantly, energy efficiency. On the other hand, the competition can be seen as going on between the ARM architecture, already in control of the smartphone and handset front, and the x86 architecture, whose main advocate, Intel, wants to finally bring it to the mobile segment.
Computex has already seen the Quanta Redvale, a Moorestown-powered slate running the MeeGo mobile OS. This device, of course, is far from being the only slate on display at the show, as it is made more than obvious by LG's UX10.
The folks over at Engadget managed to get some time alone with the 7200mAh battery-using electronic and also got a list of the basic specifications.
The LG UX10 is based on the Intel Atom Z530 central processing unit and boasts 1GB of DDR3 memory. It also features a micro-HDMI output, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, an SD card slot and a 10.1-inch LED-backlit capacitive touchscreen. Furthermore, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam will allow photos to be taken easily, as well as the use of online messenger services. As for the design itself, the slate is painted white on the back and black on the front.
Being built on an x86 chip, it is only natural that the operating system loaded onto the tablet be Microsoft Windows 7. Unfortunately, how long a battery life this slate has will have to remain a mystery, for now, at least. It is unclear when stores will see this device on shelves, but the report did offer the assurance that it would eventually happen, perhaps even sooner than later. As for pricing, no details are known at this time.