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Windows 8 Tablets priced at $200? It's coming, says Intel's CEO

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Windows 8 Tablets priced at $200? It's coming, says Intel's CEO
Does your heart say "Yes, Yes" when you see a Windows 8 Tablet, but your wallet says "Are you kidding?" there is some good news on the way, courtesy of Intel. The silicon slinger is working on the next-gen Atom processor, a nifty little quad-core number code named "Bay Trail" which happens to double the computing power of the current chip while allowing for all-day battery life in a thinner size. By re-designing the micro architecture of the Atom chip, Intel is bringing it closer to the capabilities of your PC powering "Intel Inside" chip.

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.

"If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultrathin using [Bay Trail] processors. Those prices are going to be down to as low as $200."-Paul Otellini, Intel CEO

"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

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:45 3

1. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


this would be a killer

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:53 4

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5871; 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).

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:51 1

13. cezarepc (Posts: 575; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I'd be grabbing one even before it hit shelves.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:42 1

11. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


oHH, YEAH.. bring on the goods intel. Show them what being top chip maker all about.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:54 4

3. clevername (Posts: 1429; 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.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:54 2

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5871; 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?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:58

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5871; 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.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:46

12. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; 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.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 00:55 2

5. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Just...just...kill the RT for goodness sakes!
And I'm buying this if if it's true

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:14 4

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

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:19 2

8. Darkerm (Posts: 158; 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

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:23 4

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......

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:22

21. Darkerm (Posts: 158; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Completely Agree with you mate

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:30 1

10. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 27; 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 :)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:59

14. speckledapple (Posts: 879; 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.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:14

15. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


at 700 we get a super ugly tablet and they are taking about 200...
LOL

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 02:31

16. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The future looks good

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:05 1

17. pongkie (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


yeah intel that's the hardware but when you put windows 8 it'll be $400

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:18

20. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Oh man, read the article again. It says, 200$.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:33 4

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.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:26

24. a_merryman (Posts: 685; 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

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:54

19. martinlosha (unregistered)


Can I pay now?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:16

22. ZeroCide (Posts: 696; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


OK where does the line start. I want in. Take my money!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 19:25

23. a_merryman (Posts: 685; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'll be buying one if this happens

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