Increasingly, tablets are becoming the device of choice for today’s customers who want to stay productive, connected, and creative while on the move.

Customers expect more from their tablets and want the best in performance and power. And that’s why it’s so important to recommend tablets with Intel Inside®.

This infographic will help you understand how popular tablets have become, the history of tablets, and why tablets with Intel Inside® are the best choice for your customers.

Tablet Sales (worldwide)1

$116 million
$195 million
(a 68% increase vs. 2012)

The History of Tablets

Many people think the Apple iPad* was the start of the tablet craze, however the origin of the tablet goes way back. Some say even as far as the 1800s! Let’s see what was happening way before the iPad* hit the market.


Click each year to reveal more facts about early tablet PCs.

1989: GRIDpad*

An early breakthrough, the GRIDpad* was a rugged computer that included a 10-inch stylus-ready screen, advanced handwriting-recognition capability, and no physical keyboard. The GRiDpad blazed the trail for the PalmPilot* and Apple Newton*.

1993: MessagePad* (Apple*)

The MessagePad* was one of the first personal digital assistants (PDA). It ran the Newton* operating system and was powered by an ARM* processor. Ultimately the device failed due to its high price, weak battery life (it ran on four AAA batteries!) and buggy handwriting recognition software.

1996: PalmPilot 1000*

Many will point to the PalmPilot* as the direct predecessor of the tablet PC. Its features included good battery life, a calendar, a glass touch screen, syncing with a desktop PC, and expandable memory. The PalmPilot* was the first tablet-like device to enjoy mainstream success.

2010: Amazon Kindle*

While the Kindle* was not the first e-reader to the market, it did enjoy the most success. Using the Kindle*, customers could read, download, browse, and shop for e-books, newspapers, and much more—all via a wireless connection.

The Future of Tablets: Intel Inside®

Over time, as technology advanced and touchscreens became commonplace, the capabilities of tablets increased tenfold. Better battery life, increased performance, and support for existing apps became critical. And that’s where Intel comes in.


Click each phrase to see how tablets with Intel Inside® provide the best experience for your customers.

High performance

Stunning Visuals

Long Battery Life

Choice of Operating Systems

High performance

Today’s high-performance apps need a processor that keeps pace. Intel’s latest 64-bit-ready system-on-a-chip (SoC) provides amazing performance (up to 2.13 GHz) and energy efficiency, so customers’ satisfying mobile experiences can go non-stop!

Stunning Visuals

The new Intel® Atom™ processor includes a dedicated programmable video signal processor (VSP) that reduces graphic noise, enhances colors, and sharpens images for a premium viewing experience.

Long Battery Life

Intel’s 22 nm process technology provides optimal energy efficiency and out-of-order execution, so instructions are completed when they’re ready. This eliminates idle cycles and a drain on battery life.

Choice of Operating Systems

Customers now have a choice when it comes to a tablet’s operating system. They can get the most out of Windows 8* with compatibility and flexibility to run third-party applications; or they choose an Android* tablet to sync favorite apps across devices. Windows 8* or Android*—no compromise necessary!

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1 Gartner*, March 2014

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.