Last year, Intel announced that they were dropping market subsidies designed to encourage manufacturers into using Intel Atom processors rather than an ARM processor from component manufacturers such as MediaTek, Qualcomm or even Nvidia. The underlying reason for this change in business process appeared to be driven by Intel's significant and massive losses in the mobile arena but came at a time when the latest Atom processors are at their most competitive compared with the market, offering respectable performance and battery life. We have also seen some manufacturers announcing changes to their 2015 device lineup by replacing Intel Atom processors with MediaTek, Qualcomm (such as Asus), but the leak today that Indian smartphone manufacturer iBall is preparing a new tablet based around an Intel processor would imply that device manufacturers still believe in Intel's products.
The leaked iBall Slide 1044 has been outed on the iBall website. This is a full size, 10-inch tablet with a 1,280 by 800 pixel display and powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor. The Z3735G is a 64-bit, quad-core unit built on a 22nm die size, which helps the processor remain relatively cool and sip battery power. This particular Atom processor has a maximum clock speed of up to 1.83 GHz but is more usually clocked at a lower speed with a "burst speed" of 1.83 GHz, which is software controlled and may be adjusted by the manufacturer. We've no word how or if this is implemented on the 1044 tablet. The Z3735G was announced at the start of 2014 and has gained some traction amongst the lower end of the tablet market. In the case of the iBall 1044, it's paired up with 1 GB of RAM and runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Customers should also get 8 GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD card, which supports cards of up to 64 GB capacity. There's a 2MP rear camera, a front camera of undisclosed resolution and a 4,000 mAh battery, plus Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, a mini HDMI port and the device supports USB OTG too. iBall's site explains that the 1044 will have a 3G modem function via a USB dongle.
At this time, we don't have clarification of the release date or price, but given that it's been seen on the iBall website it stands to reason that it's imminent. We'll let you know when we receive any more information, but meanwhile what do you think to this tablet? If you're in the market for a 10-inch tablet, would the iBall 1044 be on your shortlist? Let us know in the comments below.