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Rumor: Intel-based Windows 8 tablets may start at $600

By Jos · 16 replies
Jan 16, 2012
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  1. We still have the better part of a year to wait until Windows 8 comes out -- sometime around October 2012 according to the latest rumors -- but information about…

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,453   +1,732

    This is inevitable. Time for Intel to realize that selling top-rank CPU-s for 1K is from yesterday. They will have to completely change their pricing and their take on customer needs today.
  3. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    That picture looks horribly stretched. Somebody was in a hurry.
  4. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 798   +318

    Something else that could bring down their profit margin is not selling enough tablets, because they're overly expensive compared to competing products.
  5. Actually it is not horribly stretched. That is the way it looks.

    Beautiful. Avocado green and square tiles.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    That's actually a really decent price point for a full x86 tablet platform. Seems like quite a few enterprise customers (like hospitals, etc) would jump at the better pricing. But, I think real issues will come into play when ARM-powered Win8 tablets are injected into the marketplace - there will be a serious schism in product lines and price structures, as consumers try to figure out why they should pay more for the x86 line. Seems like there is an identity crisis on the horizon, and Microsoft isn't helping by muddying the waters with 2 versions of Win8 that aren't fully cross-compatible.

    This story is a good case in point, but at least Techspot got the basics of the story correct. I've seen the same basic reporting sensationally pasted across other tech/gadget sites, where they are blasting the Win8 tablets: to paraphrase, "More expensive than the iPad, so they are automatically going to fail." They seem to have no clue that these Win8 tablets aren't the Win8 tablets that are going to be fighting head-to-head with the iPad (that will be the ARM tablets). When even the tech sites are a confused and muddled mess of assumptions and misinformation, just imagine what the average (and generally uninformed) consumer will be going through soon.
  7. If MS is anticipating competing with the IOS/ANDROID entertaiment tablets, then it will be
    I see MS tablets as productivity/business tablets. If have an EP121 and it is great (except battery life) for work.
    If ARM can decently run MS apps, then can be a cheaper alternative to X86 tablets.
  8. inventix1136

    inventix1136 TS Rookie Posts: 85   +14

    The tablets are going to be run on ARM, not on x86. Also Microsoft already said that they are not going to support legacy software on Win 8 running on ARM (which is going to be the Metro). Given that Metro apps will be running HTML5 with custom javascript, I can see an EPIC FAILURE on par, or worse, with WebOS. No developer in their right mind is going to create HTML based apps for Metro since they are not going to be portable to iOS or Android due to custom javascript (non-compatible libraries). Let's not forget that the tools to create HTML5 anything just plain and simple SUCK!!
  9. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    In this case I don't have my facts 100% straight (which is a rare thing for me to do; but, oh well, today I'm lazy), but last time I checked, Metro apps are not simply web apps as you seem to, dare I say, impassionedly imply.

    The last time I checked (which is an expression I do not use lightly), Metro apps are going to be built using Windows SDK's .NET Framework. That in and of itself means native code is going to be used.

    I've read XAML is going to be used through Microsoft's own Microsoft Expression Blend. Although XAML was built off of XML, this is only (that I've heard) used for building the application's user interface; I've heard the SDK includes support for native code (C, C++, etc.). Sandboxed, of course, but still native.
  10. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +95

    This may never come to materialize, I think in few years time ARM will be competing against Intel, as Medfield seems to be a viable first SoC from Intel in recent times, which is able to compete with ARM's current offerings. Going forward Intel is much better placed to compete, as it can ramp up faster development schedule along with production of newer SoCs on more refined processes when compared with ARM. Come 2014, and we will in all probability be seeing Intel move to 14nm with improved SoC and ARM may not be ahead when it comes to power usage as well. So future isn't as certain as once it seemed to be IMO.
  11. At that price point they can shove it.
  12. What you all seem to be missing is an x86 tablet isn't a glorified mobile operating system, it's just windows without a keyboard and mouse, It's the same windows you have on the desktop.

    Looking at project like YAHOO!'s Mojito ( http://developer.yahoo.com/blogs/ydn/posts/2011/11/yahoo-announces-cocktails-%E2%80%93-shaken-not-stirred/ ) with the windows store and html5 / javascript apps we're going to start seeing a lot more write once run anywhere apps. Googles Dart, new programming language that compiles down to javascript. Plus let's not forget node.js.

    jQuery, makes consistency about interacting with DOM elements from all the different browser implementations.
  13. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,862   +1,183

    No thanks.
    Is it hard for people to comprehend? make a $350 tablet. thats a sweet spot.
  14. I'm not going over $200 for a tablet and maybe not $100
  15. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    $800 is a lot to pay for an large form factor phone, but it may not be a lot to pay for a tablet-form factor full computer.

    I'd probably shell out the extra cash if it meant being able to run full Windows software.
  16. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +280

    I think maybe you neglected to actually read the article. This is a story about Intel-based tablets, which will indeed be x86 architecture. As I mentioned, there will be ARM-powered tablets coming along as well, which will run the same (but different) operating system. Hence, my comments about the coming wave of consumer confusion.
  17. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 465   +77

    AMD products to be are far more suited for tablets than Intel's, just wait.The trend in tablets is low price with great graphics on medium sized screens,FullHD capabilities on HDMI and no one can blame Intel for that.Even Via can compete in this new market if they can shrink to 28 nm.

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