AMD is still alive and kicking in the mobile processor space, their latest competitor is the Z-60 which was previously known as Hondo. The Z-60 is aimed at the tablet space, specifically it has been tailored towards Windows 8 which is about to flood the market when it hits on October 26th.
AMD is looking to stand out from Intel in terms of graphics performance, the Z-60 out performs Cedar Trail chips 5-6 times in terms of graphics. It does however remains to be seen whether the Radeon graphics will really be as splendid as AMD claims. It will support resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 over HDMI and you should be able to run Modern Warfare 2 at medium settings and 1,024 x 768 resolution. The one concession that AMD does make is that their HD viewing experience is better that 720p as opposed to full 1080p. We have to admit the fact that they are already making this clear makes us wonder how the system will actually perform.
When looking at straight computing power not much has changed from the AMD C-60 which we find in Netbooks. There are a few difference, the C-60 consumed 9 watts and the Z-60 sits between 4 & 5 watts, it’s also fanless and can be as thin as 10mm. Android and Linux have mysteriously dropped off the support list, like Cedar Trail it’s not that it won’t work, it’s just that this processor is being released for the huge Windows 8 push that we’re right in the middle of.
AMD claims the processor can last a whole working day on a single charge, but it seems to have based this claim on a tablet running in “Windows Presentation Mode” — and we’re not sure how representative that is of real-life use. By contrast, Intel says Clover Trail can manage three weeks on standby and 10 hours of “active use.”
We still have no word on pricing and there is no way to know how many of these claims are true. But for now at least you know where AMD thinks the chip stands and that’s outperforming Intel in terms of graphics while not really increasing raw computing power on its previous generation.