Intel says $200 Android laptops and $400 Core hybrids are in production
0. phoneArena 27 Apr 2013, 13:28 posted on
There have been rumors that Android-powered laptops and laptop/tablet hybrids are in the works, but there has never been all that much as far as concrete information on what to expect. Now, Intel is pulling back the curtain a bit to talk about how much the first round of Android-powered laptops could cost you when they are released...
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1. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
It will be just cheap Android tablets with a keyboard attached.
17. Birds (Posts: 1154; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I'd rather buy laptop running android that is around 13 inches with a screen resolution of 960 x 1705 with a decent PPI of 150 for a budget laptop running a Tegra 4. It's gaming capabilities are what would make a device like that shine. Put a 9,000 mah battery on it and bluetooth 3.0 with 2 usb ports as well as some HDMI conectivity...Oh and some nice speakers, all in a package under 36 oz and see won't it sell.
I question the faith of these new Intel chip-sets in the graphics department. Now if Intel throws a hog our way and comes up with a CPU with multiple cores that is capable of rendering GPU intensive tasks on top of what the GPU is able to do then I'll be damned.
Then their is the question of developer support...then again, it is Intel so....
27. Leo_MC (Posts: 1042; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Why wouldn't you play amazing Windows/Xbox/PS games on a x64 Sandy Bridge (or the new Haswell) and settle for Andgry Birds-like games?!
BTW, you can also run Android in a virtual machine.
2. martinlosha (unregistered)
Sorry but what's the point of that?
It kind of reminds me of the chrombook pixel.
Huge device that does very little things.
What's next, android desktop PC?
3. sharks (Posts: 233; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
It would not be an overstatement to admit that other than Windows and Linux, we are currently witnessing a whole new and different player in the desktop/laptop computer OS arena; Android! I think Google should create a fork of their current Android (which is obviously optimized only for portable, touchscreen devices with limited battery capacities) and consider a true desktop experience like Android for PC which would be really interesting (the first game console powered by Android is already out, so that's a first step in that direction), as it wouldn't require very powerful or expensive hardware to allow a smooth end-user experience, and with the large range of existing apps, consumers would also have a better choice than to be forced to spend more than needed for basic tasks on a regular desktop/laptop. "Android for PC" should be a more powerful OS, much like Windows. I see a great future for Android, whichever direction it should evolve, and it's already gradually eating up into the Windows user-base. Don't expect it to slow down as the years roll by!
4. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1107; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I respectfully disagree with the previous comments. The way I see it is that these laptops they will be bringing will probably have screen sizes between 10-13 inches and, of course, be ultra-portable. I think it would be a great inexpensive option for college students. It would really be great for anyone who just needs a laptop that can connect to the internet and type up a few documents as well as those who want native applications that run without the internet. The only problem will be having applications that will support the keyboard or touchpad.
Time will tell, but I think there will definitely be a market for these laptops. I don't know if the $400-$500 ones will sell as much, but I think there is a good shot for the $200 laptop.
8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
They'll be great for college and nothing else. That's why netbooks never did well. If they are $200 then you might get some impulse buys I guess. There just isn't a whole lot of function. The more of the tech world you see, the more you understand that people don't want 20 different tech items. They want 3-5 that work really well for all of their needs. For me, I would love a smartphone, smartwatch, desktop and maybe I could throw a tablet in there but I wouldn't use it very much. If you throw a cheap netbook type device in there, you get too much overlapping between your phone and desktop. That's fine if you don't have a desktop but then you don't have anything that can do the higher end stuff so you'll need a more powerful laptop. sorry if this is kinda scattered but the point is that we have a spectrum of needs and the fewer devices we have to cover all of them is a good thing. This kind of device doesn't cover enough enough of the spectrum to be worth buying.
14. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Sorry, capitan_doug, you don't get it similar to the other people.
You need to look up the business term "disruptive technology" coined by a Havard MBA professor.
As technology continues to advance, that seemingly crappy device will displace the status quo.
First of all, the lower price point opens up new markets. That $200 device is going to INCREASE the market penetration of android. In some parts of the world, the best they can do is afford a $200 device.
The commodization of android is changing how the world becomes more interconnected.
19. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1107; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Your comment makes too many assumptions. You assume that the consumers that would buy this product would not have a desktop. You also assume that having this would somehow make desktops and smartphones overlap but somehow a tablet wouldn't cause any overlap. I believe the consumers who would be interested in this type of device will most likely have a desktop or high-end laptop. They would most likely be interested in this device because of the applications it offers in an portable form factor that also combines a keyboard that most tablets don't offer. So, basically those who are interested in a tablet-like device but would like a keyboard to type up documents or to surf the internet would be interested in such a device. Not to mention those who may have a desktop but would like a portable computing device without having to spend a lot of money would also be interested in such a device.
Just remember, the Samsung Chromebook is still one of the bestselling devices on Amazon in the notebook section.
20. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
I don't make assumptions like you have. Instead, I read the tea leaves as espoused by disruptive technology.
First, I predicted android smartphones will become commoditized (not a difficult prediction per disruptive technology).
Second, per Econ 101, demand is a downward sloping function. You lower the price, you have more demand.
Third, I am looking globally as opposed to the US market.
Again, no assumptions, just using established business principles learned in school.
11. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
These are nothing more than inexpensive tablets with an attached keyboard. Get real, okay?
5. SirTrollAlot (banned) (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)
OMG OMG OMG! If I can get a laptop (like the one pictured) straight from the manufacturer, mylife will be complete xD
6. james1 (Posts: 97; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Since it will be sold for $200, what chips and displays are they using. I hope it's not old specs because of the price.
15. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Technology is advancing so the chips going into the device is still more powerful than the chips in low-end computers or latops from a few years ago, respectively.
Last time I checked, Morse's Law's is still alive and kicking, we have SOC, finer etchings in chip making technology, more energy efficient chips, etc, etc.
26. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
They are approaching the limit for moores law in desktops, the only way they will be able to continue it is to make bigger chips or stack stacking i7s.
7. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
aindroid powered laptops?! I thought chromebooks already filled the role of cheap laptops that can only browse the web and use weak apps.
29. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
and they are also a flop. Not surprising for gears to be switched to android.
10. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
If I was broke and living on the street, maybe I'll consider buying one of these. Otherwise, I'll stick to better quality x86 harware and Windows OS for productivity...
Sorry, Linux and Android fans - Autodesk and Adobe don't seem to like you enough to port their applications, and I won't be changing my OS for the sake of Temple Run II on a big screen ;o)
12. Furbal (Posts: 921; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
If multi window gets integrated into android properly I could see it doing very well on a laptop to tablet convertible.
13. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
no thankx, windows 8 is good for me.......intel is always perfect with windows.....!!! but i will buy android tablet for sure, but not laptop.
16. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
Its like going backwards. Android without touch will be horrible and tough to navigate. At current technological state u cant even build a medium quality phone running android. So i cant imagine how bad the experience will be with that 13 inch touch laptop which is backed by 200$ worth of hardware. And who the hell will say "No, i dont want windows with my 200-400$ laptop. I dont want usb ports in my laptop. I dont want native MS office.I also dont want true multitasking. I want to play temple run in my laptop."
18. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
Buy cheap android laptop, wait for someone to port windows to it, profit.
21. jpkelly05 (Posts: 95; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I am surprised not one person has mentioned the fact that it would be extremely cool if this took off and have the same customization as mobile android (Launcher, UI, ROMs) but with the ability to add hardware with drivers (making it available to upgrade processors, video cards and anything a 64 bit system can handle. I would say goodbye MS, hello Google.
22. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Bring It and release the 64bit image of it, i'll be downloading and trying it out
24. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Will this allow me to install Oracle XE if not then even $200 is a waste :D :D
28. Leo_MC (Posts: 1042; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Android on PCs will be another Linux distribution that does... even less.
Canonical and Red Had will eat Android from top to bottom :)!