Intel 2011 Roadmap: More Tablets Less Smartphones

Intel has offered a brief roadmap for its Atom processor in 2011, 35 tablets are to be powered by the device. However, it seems that there will be less smartphones with Intel inside next year. Surprisingly, the chip company said that their tablet plans are not as important as netbooks, which does seem a bit odd to me.

Mark Hachman from PC Mag reports that Intel’s CE Paul Otellini made the announcement of their 2011 plans during the Barclays Capital Global Technology Conference. I can understand that Intel has a huge investment in netbooks with their Atom CPU, but surly they must realize that 2011 will be the year of the tablet – hold on, I’m certain that I was saying that this time last year.

Intel are not taking these tablet devices lightly though, as they have announced a new division that is solely for tablets – maybe they are taking this new market slowly just to gauge how popular they will become next year?

We have also learned from Brooke Crothers from CNET News that Intel has announced 15 brands that will commit to Intel powered tablets in 2011, such as Dell, AT&T, Toshiba, ASUS and many more. These will be spread over three OS choices; Android, MeeGo and Windows.