Intel revealed that the first Android tablets based on an x86 processor should be available in Q1 of 2012. This tablet could be very similar to the Red Ridge reference design tablet that the chip maker showed off during IDF to demo Android 3.2 Honeycomb running on a Medfield-based tablet.
The Red Ridge reference prototype is packed with features to help manufacturers design their own tablets using Intel’s Medfield chip. The tablet features a 1280 x 800 touchscreen display, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, WiDi, NFC, and 3G support.
Much of the customization and optimization of Android 3.2 was the work of Intel, but starting with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Google will be pitching in as it has pledged support for Intel Atom chips in future Android releases. The Native Development Kit for x86 processors is already available with an emulator to come later this year.