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Monday, 16 January 2012 10:50

Intel tablets to cost $599 to $899

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An exercise in pointlessness


Intel’s upcoming Medfield platform has created quite a lot of buzz at CES, but it seems upcoming Intel tablets could come with a rather hefty price tag that could make consumers think twice.

Citing notebook vendors, Digitimes is reporting that Clover Trail-W tablets might see prices in the $599 to $899 range, making them pretty costly compared to ARM-based Android tablets and even Apple’s iPad.

Of course, Intel will probably brag about x86 compatibility and superior Windows 8 performance, but $899 is basically ultrabook money and we at this point we don’t see many takers. The market has already demonstrated a lack of interest in pricey non-Apple tablets, so the best selling ARMdroid is Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which sells for just $199.

Intel and Microsoft seem unwilling or unable to offer chips and OS at lower prices, so it seems highly unlikely that first generation Intel tablets will manage do undercut ARM tablets, both from the Android and Apple clubs.

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+3 #1 robert3892 2012-01-16 11:24
If Intel based Tablets can not match existing iOS and Android pricing then no one will buy them
 
 
+1 #2 thematrix606 2012-01-16 11:50
Quoting robert3892:
If Intel based Tablets can not match existing iOS and Android pricing then no one will buy them



+1.

Competition, or no go :)
 
 
+2 #3 function69 2012-01-16 12:07
They're in for a rude awakening
 
 
-3 #4 DaRAGE 2012-01-16 13:39
"The market has already demonstrated a lack of interest in pricey non-Apple tablets"

Sorry say what? When Asus Eee slate EP121 came out, it ran out of stock very quick and had plenty of back order. couldn't get it for a couple months. That was a $999 - $1099 US or $1500 Aus tablet...
 
 
-3 #5 Sodomy 2012-01-16 13:57
>899 ultrabook money
>64gb 3g ipad 2, 829

stay classy
 
 
0 #6 gozzak 2012-01-16 14:23
My god Intel and MS are stoooopid. If they dont realise that to beat the iOS/android that have a 2 year lead on them, they MUST cost at least 1/4 less. Especially considering the "uncool" factor of Windows-Intel as gimmicky thing like a keyboardless-netbook
 
 
-5 #7 redisnidma 2012-01-16 18:34
Only an @ss would buy a tablet with an Atom processor.
 
 
-2 #8 nt300 2012-01-16 23:13
Intel should stay out of this market and consentrate on it's ultra books. As for tablets, Playbook rocks anything in the market today.
 

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