Intel to develop dual OS, Medfield tablet for emerging markets

by Doug Drinkwater

April 3 2012

Intel's Medfield chipset will feature in the new StoryBook tablet
Intel's Medfield chipset will feature in the new StoryBook tablet

Intel may be predominantly focused on pushing mobile chips and Ultrabooks at the moment, but a new report from Digitimes suggests that the chip maker is to develop a new tablet for emerging markets.

The StoryBook tablet PC will feature a 10-inch display panel, use Intel’s mobile Medfield chipset and intriguingly boast dual-operating systems (much like ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10). According to Digitimes, this tablet is to be marketed towards users in emerging markets like China and Brazil.

The StoryBook tablet is set to be released in the second half of 2012 and will be primarily pushed towards the education market. That said, the news source says that Intel will also sell this tablet into regular retail channels at $299. Tablet production is expected to be split between notebook OEM maker Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and China-based Malata.

Digitimes sources noted that Intel’s Classmate PC project has been running for about five years, allowing Intel to form strategic relationships with a number of these emerging countries.

Intel also recently worked with Lenovo to launch the 10.1-inch Classmate PC, a tablet PC featuring the Atom N2600 chip and Windows 7, in Argentina. The tablet is priced between $300 and $400 and, according to Digitimes, has already received 158,000 orders in the country.

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