Opinion – The most likely scenario for tomorrow’s Motorola / Intel announcement is a Wi-Fi only CloverTrail tablet with dual-core 1.8Ghz and Jelly Bean.
There was a private meeting at IDF 2012 about CloverTrail at IDF and I wasn’t invited; Which is fine by me because there’s enough information being given at IDF to know, with some confidence, what’s going to happen tomorrow when Motorola get together with Intel for their Edge-to-Edge announcement.
CloverTrail is the next generation of Atom-based tablet platform and it’s about to become available right now. We know that because the ASUS Vivo Tab is about to become available, the HP Envy X2 is about to become available and the Acer W510 is about to become available. All three are based on a version of Clovertrail that supports Windows 8 – the Z2670, a 1.8Ghz dual-core SOC with hyperthreading, new low power states, new graphics subsystem, an image processor and enhanced security. It supports an 8MP camera, NFC, up to 64GB of storage, a bunch of sensors and various communications radios. Designs based on this SoC can be down to 8.5mm thick. The new low-power states allows the device to run in Windows 8 Connected Standby mode (AOAC.)
Videos of Windows 8 Tablets available here and here.
It’s an exciting platform but there’s one element of it that doesn’t fit with Motorola, a Google company. Windows 8. Intel are happy to talk about Windows 8 on CloverTrail but not Android – that’s part of their smartphone platform – but that could be what’s being kept back for tomorrow’s announcement.
Remember back in Feb we heard about new versions of the Atom platform for smartphones? Intel announced that a Z2xxx ‘value’ part and a Z2580 performance part would be available.
The Z2580 will be a (max turbo) 1.8Ghz dual-core hyperthreading Cloverview processor with PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPU running at 533MHz.
There’s another little problem though and that’s availability. We were expecting the smartphone platforms to be ready in early 2013. Could it be that Intel have a Wi-Fi only part ready already?
The most likely scenario for tomorrow is not a smartphone but a Tablet based on a Wi-Fi-only Clovertrail+ Z2580. Jelly Bean has been announced for Medfield so a re-build for Clovertrail is unlikely to take long. If Motorola have availability of a Wi-Fi-only part in Oct/Nov and a 3G/LTE version in Jan, it seems to fit potential timescales. A surprise announcement could be a smartphone based on the same CPU in Q1 2013.