AMD is clearly a few steps behind Intel, but the company is constantly working on improving its products. The latest series of processors, called Trinity, was showcased at Computex, and it’s the chip meant for ultra-slim portables, including tablets.
The working prototype was using a tablet made by Compal, and featured a docking keyboard (like pretty much any Windows 8 tablet announced this week), but it was one big and roomy keyboard, something I’ve always appreciated, since 10 inch keyboards tend to be too small for my taste, and fingers. AMD managed this achievement by using an 11.6 inch form factor tablet with 1366 x 768 px resolution screen, a form factor which looks very popular with Windows 8. A nice kickstand is provided to allow for a comfortable typing angle (when not docked), something we haven’t seen on the competition.
No benchmarks were run on Compal’s prototype tablet, but those who managed to play with it said things looked pretty smooth. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how this thing fares in more demanding tasks, not just swiping tiles left and right. AMD said when docked the Trinity A6 CPU will operate at a higher frequency, an interesting approach if you ask me. We’ll just have to wait a few more months and see if it measures up to Intel’s own chips.
Acer was also displaying an AMD Trinity tablet, a very similar design with last year’s Acer Iconia TAB W500, which also used an AMD based CPU. So we know AMD has some support when it comes to these mobile chips.