Atom Chip  (Source: Intel)
Intel was planning for long time to phasing out of Atom chips from mobile devices and scaled back Android development for such devices.

Intel’s plan not only did not phaseout but Panasonic stepped in with a new tablet idea’s, with an Atom chip and android 6.0, Panasonic new Toughbook FZ-A2 has a starting price of more than $2,000 and its atom x5-Z8550 chip is a big problem.  

Where everyone else in tech industry trying to go away from Atom especially PC makers such as dell last year stopped selling android tablets, which has x86 chips and there won’t be any OS upgrades to its existing Venue devices. The Panasonic Thoughpad FZ-A2 tablet is powered by 1.44GHz quad –core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor and it comes with 4GB of RAM. The tablet packs expandable 32GB internal storage up to GB via a micro SD card, and has 8MP camera on the rear an a 2MP front shooter.


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The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 runs on Android 6.0, ports USB-C 1, 3.1, HDMI out, 3.5mm flexible and weighs almost 2 pounds.


Last year Lenovo started offering the Atom x5-Z8550 chip in its Yoga Book 2-in-1, which can be purchased with windows or Android.


Yoga Book is unique as it replaces a hard keyboard with a virtual keypad, much like on tablets. Regardless of Lenovo and others are doing. But now Intel is focusing on Windows and promoting low-power Core, Pentium and Celeron chips for tablets and 2-in-1s

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The Intel continues working with Google on Chromebooks and IoT devices suing the Brillo OS that is based on android. Where, most of the android tablet’s chips are based on ARM architecture, which took over the mobile market.

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