Intel’s Computex keynote was brimming with new technology announcements on Day One at the Computex though the one thing that literally swept away everything else was the 10-inch Moorestown Quanta Redvale tablet running on the MeeGo software platform. The demo was brief but was enough to let everyone know that there will be a lot going for the tablet once it reaches markets in 2011.
The tablet itself in far from being complete and ready for mass production. In fact, it’s just the pre-alpha stage Quanta Redvale tablet that was previewed but what caught everyone attention is its sharp features and breezy performance. The latter though can be attributed to the 1.5GHz Moorestown processor that displayed its prowess at the show by enabling the tablet to playback some 720p quality videos without any fuss whatsoever. This when NVIDIA had serious apprehensions of the Intel smartphone chip being able to come up with a credible performance.
These apart, the Quanta Redvale tablet packs a 10 inch resistive touch screen that’s extremely sensitive to taps and touch and also supports the pinch to zoom feature. It’s extremely thin and light and is easy to use. Well, the viewing angles wasn’t great but we got to keep in mind that the tablet is still in the pre-alpha stage.
The other aspect of the Quanta Redvale tablet that stood out is the MeeGo operating system. For those who haven’t heard of this before, here it is. MeeGo is the outcome of the culmination of two open source Linux operating systems — Intel’s Moblin and Nokia’s Maemo — of which the world first got to know of at the Mobile World Congress held earlier this year. Also, MeeGo is based on the same software framework as the netbook version though what differentiates the two is the UI that’s far better that what has been previewed on quite a few netbooks. Also, with the MeeGo OS, users have the choice to choose between two modes of the OS – the simple mode which is a basic grid of applications and the panel mode made up of a series of vertical panels. Users can customize these panels with pictures, social networking feeds, and web bookmarks as per their choice. In fact, it’s the ability to customize things as per one’s own wish is what makes the panel mode of the OS that much more desirable. Also, at MeeGo 1.0, this can also be considered as just the pre-alpha version of the OS. So we can expect a lot of fireworks from MeeGo as well as it attains maturity. Not much of MeeGo has been heard before but it seems we’ll come across the term more often from now onwards.
Intel’s own App Up applications store was also previewed though it doesn’t have numbers as of now to boast of. It was also revealed that multitouch apps will be available for downloading post August 2010 as a new MeeGo SDK is planned to be released during this time.
Also, the June issue of Good E-Reader Magazine is out!
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