Rumor: Windows 8 Intel tablets to start at $599
DigiTimes is reporting that Intel and Microsoft are together again, and that could mean Intel Windows 8 tablets will launch in the $599 to $899 USD price range. Here’s the nitty gritty: Intel doesn’t want to cut the price of its platform and Microsoft doesn’t want to cut the price of a license for Windows. That means that Intel-based Windows 8 tablets won’t be able to compete with the iPad on price. That leaves a larger opening for ARM-based Windows 8 tablets and notebooks to take hold:
[quote]…if Intel does not reduce its Clover Trail-W platform prices, the vendors are likely to choose ARM solutions from Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instrument’s (TI’s) for their upcoming Windows 8 tablet PC to reduce their costs.[/quote]
This isn’t particularly surprising. With little exception, every tablet and phone you see today is running on ARM chips. Despite Intel’s push for low powered processors, they just aren’t getting a foothold in the ARM dominated market. As tablet and smartphone sales continue to climb rapidly, it isn’t looking promising for Intel’s future.
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