Intel sort of overdid its Bay Trail subsidy push, so it ended up with a pretty deep hole in the mobile division, but at the end of the year it announced the shipment of 46 million Bay Trail chips. At least some of them ended up in the One Excellent 10 T10-E1, a white-box tablet with a keyboard dock and a killer price.
At €179 it’s really hard to compare it to anything, as the device features a 10.1-inch IPS display in 1280x800, Windows 8.1 with Office, Intel Atom Z3736F quad-core SoC clocked at 1.33GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The tablet sports 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, microSDHC reader and a 7900mAh Li-Poly battery. It measures 258x172x9.7mm and weighs 594 grams, sans keyboard. You get a 12-month warranty, too.
We obviously don’t expect this sort of device to be a great choice for a lot of people, but most people will have to admit that the value is truly staggering – you can barely get a decent mid-range phone for this sort of money, not a proper Windows 8.1 machine. Looks like a nice deal for teens, cash-strapped students and just about anyone else on a very tight budget. It's basically an illustration of what can be done without bells and whistles.
Intel, you can stop giving those SoCs away for free. We get it, and it has gone too far.