Windows 8 Tablets priced at $200? It's coming, says Intel's CEO
Intel CEO Paul Otellini sees Windows 8 touch devices powered by the "Bay Trail" processor, including laptops and tablets, dropping as low as $200. These devices could be ready by the third quarter, when the (heaven help us) chip will ship. It is all about getting a Windows 8 tablet, with its ability to run desktop applications, to the same price point where a ton of 7 inch Android tablets reside. Currently, the low end of the Windows 8 tablet sector is priced at about $430.
"Bay Trail is going to be a great product in that segment of the market and enable stunning performance relative to what the competition can bring."-Stacy Smith, Intel CFO
If you like the idea of taking your office anywhere, by this upcoming holiday season you should be able to make both your heart and wallet happy.
source: CNET via WPCentral
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
IF it runs the full suite of x86 software unmodified, it would be a killer (along with battery life comparable to Android tablets).
13. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
I'd be grabbing one even before it hit shelves.
11. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
oHH, YEAH.. bring on the goods intel. Show them what being top chip maker all about.
3. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Sounds really awesome. Especially with the rumor of smaller screen support in the next version of windows. My only concern is how well atom processors can handle x86/x64 computing. They don't have the best track record.
4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If true, I wonder what is going to be happening to the current crop of Surface Pro and Surface Pro look-alike tablets?
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5276; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Edit (after the 2 minute window expired) - Instead of Surface Pro, it looks like the Surface RT tablets are going to be facing some serious obsolescence risk. Some pressure will occur for the Surface Pro editions if the universe of x86 software can be run un-modified. However, I doubt that will happen with anything approaching the speed of the current crop of i5 or higher chipsets. Too many compromises.
12. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
It means, Windows RT will not use ARM chips but rather an Atom "Bay Trail".
For windows Pro still the same i5 or i7 Clover Tail i guess.. Or even better.
5. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Just...just...kill the RT for goodness sakes!
And I'm buying this if if it's true
7. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)
it should be able to handle x86/x64 . that's what windows 8 is all about and now you can have all android apps on it..so its a full killer if this happens :D
8. Darkerm (Posts: 98; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
IF the price is around 200$ I sure will buy one :D
I love my Xperia S but don't wanna have an Android Tab.
I am looking forward to it :D
9. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
if the performance in real life is as good as they say then i am sure as hell going to get one.....
this is making more excited than the time i was for nexus 7......
10. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
sounds interesting :) I really want to get my hands on a decent windows 8 tablet with long battery life at an affordable price :)
14. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
They might but since the problem has been the OEMs in the first place, we will see what they are able to produce that is actually worth it. If they make something worth spending the money for, the pc industry will rebound, win 8 will sell even more so than it already is, and everyone will be happy. Until then however, these OEMs are just wasting the consumers time.
15. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
at 700 we get a super ugly tablet and they are taking about 200...
17. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
yeah intel that's the hardware but when you put windows 8 it'll be $400
20. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 491; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Oh man, read the article again. It says, 200$.
18. eshwarnag (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
Thats superb! $199 with Bay-Trail (7", 1024X768) and $499 with Haswell (10", FHD), both with 10hr battery life. this would be definitely the iTablet killer combo.
24. a_merryman (Posts: 546; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
$500 haswell surface pro with FHD? I would buy that so quickly, Though I wish they would make it an 11.something inch
19. martinlosha (unregistered)
Can I pay now?
22. ZeroCide (Posts: 677; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
OK where does the line start. I want in. Take my money!