Intel is well known for their chips having been gracing the motherboards of computers everywhere for a very long time now. Lately though, we have seen Intel chips starting to show up in Windows 8 powered devices such as the Ativ tablet by Samsung and phones such as the Intel XOLO and the ZTE Geek. Now, it looks as if we will see Intel chips in another kind of notebook, these will run on Android and the kicker is that the new Android touchscreen notebooks will be introduced at around a $200 price point.
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At this point, we really don’t know what to expect as far as quality goes, or even which manufacturers may be putting out the Android gems. We can presume that the device will be similar in build to the convertible Windows 8 devices that we are seeing today.
The $200 price point is most likely to be Intel Atom devices with the higher end Atom powered notebooks reaching up to about $350-$399, where the Intel Core series will take over for a higher end and more power packed experience.
The reason behind Intel’s move over to Android is actually quite clear by now. The PC market has hit a very unfortunate hurdle in people needing less power to drive their machines and daily lives, as many never used the full potential of their PCs, and for which a tablet is well suited. It has been very apparent for PC manufacturers that something has got to give in the near future as the fully powered PC market falls from the mainstream and is in danger of becoming a niche market only needed in the workplace and by gamers and developers.
As of now, in the mobile market, Intel only has available data only LTE chips, but are expected to release a voice/data LTE chip in 2013 to combat for a more prestigious spot in the mobile marketplace. Intel is really fighting to get up with the big dogs and says that the single-mode LTE chips that they are offering today will be replaced by 2014 with a multimode LTE chip that will allow for their LTE technology to be placed on the same piece of silicon as the application processor. This will open the door for Intel chips to be used in many more mobile applications than they can currently offer.
Things may just be looking up for Intel, and I for one could definitely deal with a more powerful and less battery hungry Android tablet/notebook styled device. What do you guys think about Intel and the mobile market? What about an Intel powered Android notebook? Let us know in the comments.