For those who always complain of Intel Oak Trail processor’s power sapping qualities, here are some hard facts that might have you thinking twice before ruling out Oak Trail again. Case in point – the Maestro S tablet from Evolve III that can run Windows, Android, and Maemo Linux. The tablet has been found to show increasing battery performance with Windows, Android, and Maemo or MeeGo operating system in that order. The figures are impressive as the tablet has been found to last 10+ hours with Windows 7, 16+ hours with Android and a range topping 18+ hours with Maemo.
The wide difference in battery life times with the three operating system is likely because of the way the different operating systems utilize the power saving features in Intel’s Oak Trail platform. The chip can disable components that aren’t currently functional, providing a service similar to the “always on” capabilities found in ARM chips. They make this operation possible by allowing devices to download notifications and other data from the internet while running in extremely low power, almost in a sleep-like mode. The above also brings out the fact that Windows 7 isn’t optimized for operation in mobile devices such as tablet PCs or smartphones, something that Android and MeeGo have to their advantage.
The Maestro S which succeeds Maestro launched earlier in the year packs in a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state disk and a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen display.