Trekstor Launches First Tablet Based in Intel’s Reference Design

trekstor-irda_03Intel's two-month-old program to develop reference design tablets bore its first fruit today when the German gadget maker Trekstor announced its latest tablet.

The Intel Reference Design for Android (IRDA) program offers device makers a compete set of tablet hardware and a matching Android firmware which the device maker can have produced by a 3rd-party. The tablets come with guaranteed software updates and the promise that the design will pass Google certification.

And now Trekstor is the first to take advantage of the program. The TrekStor SurfTab xintron i 7.0 is a fairly ordinary looking Android tablet with an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail CPU with 1GB RAM. It has 8GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, a pair of cameras (5MP and 1.26MP), Wifi, GPS, and Bluetooth.

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The 7" display has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800, and this tablet measures 9mm thin, and it weighs 308 grams.

It's going to run Android 4.4 KitKat when it ships, but Trekstor has already promised that Intel will be releasing an update in the near future which will add Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Amazon Germany is already taking orders for the tablet for 135 euros, but it isn't in stock yet. That is a moderately high price tag for a budget tablet, even in Germany, but this tablet is probably powerful enough to justify the price.

Amazon is selling the 6" Fire tablet for 99 euros and the Fire HD 7 for 129 euros (it's on sale), so you might wonder if the 6" model is the better value. But if you value power and performance, you'd be better off with the new Trekstor tablet.

I have a Toshiba tablet which has the same CPU. That $109 tablet is more powerful than you would expect from the price tag, and I expect that Trekstor tablet will have a similar performance.

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