Android notebooks are coming soon, to cost as low as $200
Intel chief executive just last week said that touchscreen computers could launch in the coming months for prices of around $200.
While it was not clear what kind of software those machine would run on, it is now confirmed that the majority will be Android devices running on an Intel Atom silicon. As to Windows 8 notebooks at those price points, their arrival depends a lot on Microsoft’s decisions.
"We have a good technology that enables a very cost-effective price point," Perlmutter said. Windows 8 laptop pricing "depends on how Microsoft prices Windows 8. It may be a slightly higher price point."
Intel expects convertible tablet/notebook form factors to pick up quickly in the near future and the PC market in general to accelerate in the second half of the year.
Intel also said it is ready to ship multimode LTE-packing processors by mid-year, and this is a type of chips Qualcomm for instance has offered long ago, which granted it head space in the mobile space. In 2014 Intel will bring a mobile chip with LTE integrated with the application processor.
1. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
With apps like Polaris office or king soft office , it really can replace a windows based laptop for poorpeople or high school students
28. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Do you live in a 3rd world country ? i do
9. buccob (Posts: 1495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah dude... I was agreeing with you until your last 5 words...
Anyway it is a good idea for regular users who do not need a power machine, and mostly use a laptop to browse the net and do a couple of office documents...
Kingsoft is the best out there...
Now you have Photoshop touch, uTorrent, SmartTools, CamScanner... all good apps for light work on a tablet, smartphone or Android notebook...
29. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
When i see this post underprivileged students is the first thing that comes to my mind
31. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Android is capable of handling the need for casual users .
Dont believe me ? Load up android x86 on your current laptop .
I didnt boot into windows for weeks
34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5484; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Dont believe me ?"
Don't believe you! Because it is not true.
36. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I am by no means trolling you can install android yourself on your laptop in 10 minutes , However i suggest you install the ICS rc2 as Jellybean is not stable yet .
Visithttp://www.android-x86.org/ for more info
33. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Android notebook = fail.
You cant do as much as windows.
2. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
lol android is nice on phones and tablets but desktop is a no no
13. buccob (Posts: 1495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
no desktop talking here... and in reality, what is the difference between a notebook and a tablet?
both are getting blurred between each other every day. Notebooks today have touchscrees... tablets today have yesteryear power... and even if they are not mean to catch up, they will get ever so close to each other to be used as you like...
For me the future is a powerful enough smartphone that can become your tablet or notebook in whatever situation... like the Asus PadFone Infinity... but affordable.. and universal...
15. Aeires (unregistered)
Completely agree. After seeing how the SS Note was running on a computer monitor, utilizing all four cores effectively, it was clear to me that the post pc era isn't that far off.
20. Aeires (unregistered)
Note II, but the same point holds.
27. JunitoNH (Posts: 933; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
especially running Android, don't think so.
16. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Really my notebook has skyrim, battlefield 3, just cause 2, blur and a bunch of high end games a tablet can't run. Then there is photoshop, sony vegas, virtual dj, some ddos software, some password cracking software and a bunch of other neat programs. Not to mention the shear number of things I can do at once.
An android notebook will be no different from a transformer tablet with a keyboard. I have a transformer and it does not even come close to my notebook. It might be nice when I am out and want to browse some sites and play a few kiddy games but that's about it; there is no comparison between it and my notebook.
Maybe it might be a possibility in the future but not now. Right now the only existing product that would prompt me to put away my laptop is the surface pro and that's too expensive considering that I could get a TB, 8gb of ram, 1080p and 2gbDDR3 for less. The only time an android tablet will be ale to replace my laptop is when intel steps it up (haswell) and there are transformers with surface like power for transformer prices.
22. buccob (Posts: 1495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
This kind of tech is to be used as a tablet... or a mini notebook today...
There is no need to compare it with a high end laptop... I too use mine for 3D cad modeling, photoshop, a couple of games, and advance office programs...
But you miss the point... even Intel HD integrated graphics are OK to play some games... of course I am not talking about Battlefield 3 or Skyrim... but I can play Portal 2 without problem.... And this is the type of things we are gonna see soon in Android notebooks or tablets...
30. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
This is perfect for under underprivileged students that need nothing more than a web browser ,kingsoft office and photoshop touch .
19. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
dear all of you
I have gta iv, gta v (soon), skyrim, world of warcraft, battlefield 3, on my computer, can phones and tablets do that ? no obviously
up until now, there are no video editing softwares on mobile that can compete with final cut x pro or sony vegas
typing on pcs are way faster than touchscreen
desktops' hardware are upgradeable while mobiles are not. can i have 1 more gig ? can i have more cores? how about a new gpu?
mobile graphics are no way near desktops, yes it does look great but it can't achieve the same graphics as desktops,
well, at least until now, maybe we will play gta iv on our phones 10 years later, just like the gta 3 did
3. TheCynicalTechie (Posts: 75; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Android is a long way to be viable as a desktop OS. There needs to be a magnitude more apps that are not ARM based, but x86 based. ARM is anemic and weak, apps or OS's based on it will not be a viable candidate for the desktop.
4. cezarepc (Posts: 577; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Depends on what you'll use the device for.
For work it's a no-no, you're right ARM based solutions are a long way before they can match the productivity of x86 devices.
But for students, writers/bloggers, casual users, it's a viable alternative. These people only need to use some sort of word processor, simple spreadsheets, pdf readers maybe, web browsers, capable video player, picture viewers, photo/video editing software, and a lot of other simple tasks that can be taken care of with the existing android app ecosystem. There's a market for this kinds of devices and I wouldn't call them a minority.
11. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Who on Earth would buy a 200$ laptop for doing serious work?
This is for casual users. Like, 90 percent of consumers out there.
And for that, Android is more than fine
6. rahulz (Posts: 117; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
i hope google should make a desktop or notebook version of android with chrome os feature or other standalone features and support for x86 based productive apps
i actually want google to make a competitive os to challenge ms windows and mac osx.
I am just curious nothing more :-)
7. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
..And I'll sit back and enjoy watching how they will sell like crazy
8. rob5150 (Posts: 121; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
In the article it's an Intel atom processor. Intel atom processors are x86.
14. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5587; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
$200 for an Android notebook? Wow, the price is cheap! :D
18. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
This is essential the same as a transformer tablet and will sell as much as a transformer tablet.
23. lyndon420 (Posts: 1771; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
If we can hook a printer to it I'm good to go with one. But then again, the only time I ever go on my desktop is to print something.
26. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Er, there are way to hook up a smartphone to a printer, you know.
Damn, even my k750 from 2007 had a Bluetooth printing option
24. roscuthiii (Posts: 1847; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Android notebooks would probably be a larger draw than Chromebooks. Depending on how well they did sell, Google may as well just roll what they can of Chrome OS into Android (I'm pretty sure we're all aware that day is coming at some point anyhow) and give Chromebooks the Spring Cleaning treatment.
25. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
This is PERFECT for kids/students or even elders. They don't need to spend $1k for a facebook machine XD Even though there isn't that many tablet optimized apps, for $200 this is well worth it.
32. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
Android is basically a phones OS. Even on tablets, it just stretches the phone screen.