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

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 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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24 Comments

1. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

this would be a killer

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 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: May 23, 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: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 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: Aug 20, 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......

21. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Completely Agree with you mate

10. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: Jul 16, 2012

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

16. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The future looks good

17. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

20. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

18. eshwarnag

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 20, 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: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 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: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

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

23. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'll be buying one if this happens

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