$200 Intel-based Android notebooks confirmed by chip maker

April 25, 2013

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    An Intel executive has officially confirmed that Android notebooks will be available in stores in the future with prices starting at around the $200 mark.

    The news comes shortly after various unconfirmed reports mentioned Android laptops and is delivered by Dadi Perlmutter, Intel’s chief product officer.

    Perlmutter’s remarks made to CNET come after Intel’s own CEO Paul Otellini last week mentioned touchscreen PCs that would cost around $200 without specifying what operating system they would be equipped with.

    Now things are getting clearer, with Android confirmed for such products. The fact that Google’s OS is free for OEMs to use, compared to Microsoft’s Windows 8 that has to be licensed by companies, is apparently also a factor:

    “We have a good technology that enables a very cost-effective price point,” Perlmutter said. The price of Windows 8 laptops “depends on how Microsoft prices Windows 8. It may be a slightly higher price point.”

    The $200 Android machines would run on Intel’s Atom processor, and they will most likely be tablets that ship with a keyboard dock that would transform them into laptops when needed – it’s worth pointing out that no Intel partner made any announcements unveiling such products, so we have no idea how these Android notebooks will look or what they’ll have to offer.

    Launch periods for these Android laptops have not been provided, although Perlmutter apparently said that he expects the PC market to “pick up” in the second half of the year and into 2014, as new products become available. Does this “new products” list include Android-based notebooks? Does this mean we’ll see Android notebooks in time for Christmas? We’ll just have to wait for Intel’s future announcements.

    Even more interestingly, it looks like more expensive Android tablets packing Intel’s Core chips would also be available to consumers, priced at $399 and $499, which means such Intel-based products could end up competing against high-end players in the tablet business.

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    Obviously Intel wants to quickly adapt to the mobile needs of consumers and become a more important player in the smartphone and tablet businesses, especially considering the declining PC sales.

    The company has already made its first steps into the smartphone business – this year’s Lenovo K900 handset is a great example, as the Intel-based device managed to match the Galaxy S4 in benchmark test – and now it looks like it’s ready to make a more serious play for the Android tablet/laptop business as well.

    Furthermore, the company has confirmed that data-only multimode LTE Intel processors will shipped by mid-2013, while multimode voice over LTE will arrive later this year, so it’s pretty clear that the mobile business is definitely getting more and more important for Otellini and Co.

    Would you replace your current PC with an Intel-based Android notebook?

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    • James Murphy

      So can I uninstall android, and install Linux? Then it will be useful :)

    • http://profiles.google.com/rhippert02 Russell Hippert

      Predictions;
      1- Browsers still won’t render pages correctly for a “desktop” resolution
      2- KB/Mouse interaction will be inconsistent across apps
      3- Will lack full featured applications with proper “desktop” ui for what most computer use a computer for
      4- Will be hailed as the greatest thing ever even though it brings nothing new to the table
      5- Will either fail or force the industry to fix issues I outlined two years ago

      • http://www.facebook.com/danielblaney Danny Blaney

        you would be surprised how well android handles mouse input as well as keyboard input. Android has had desktop mode in its browser for years as well.

        • http://profiles.google.com/rhippert02 Russell Hippert

          Gonna have to disagree. Evo Desktop PC and my other projects have proven otherwise. Even my latest project running 4.2.2 on the NexusQ has reminded me much still needs to be fixed.

          • dextersgenius

            Don’t know about the projects you mentioned, but the Android-x86 project works great on my Dell Inspiron 1122 (AMD Fusion) laptop. Keyboard/mouse works as you’d expect, although there are some minor annoyances. But it was a very pleasant experience overall. My browser was already showing the desktop version of websites. Also, there are many “floating” apps in the market now, which makes Android more suitable for use as a regular desktop. With Paranoid Android now implementing proper multi-window support, I can see it quickly being ported to other ROMs / projects.

            Also, given than Intel spearheaded the Android-x86 project, I think they have the resources to make this whole thing work properly if they wanted to.

            “Brings nothing new to the table”? When was the last time you used/bought a brand new $200 laptop that wasn’t complete crap? Remember those Atom based netbooks? They were slow as molasses on Windows. But from what I heard, these new Intel based Androids perform quite well. I can certainly see my Mom or other non tech-savvy folk using this device.

      • EliasAlucard

        The ideal would be moving away from x86 altogether, and Android
        laptops/desktops released with PowerPC/ARM (i.e., RISC as opposed to
        CISC) processors. At some point, Google should get its act together,
        ditch Chrome OS (which sucks anyway), and certify Android as a serious
        distro standard, develop and add a good window manager, and improve the
        user agent string so that it identifies as a Mobile, Tablet and Desktop
        depending on the hardware (Mozilla has already started with this
        solution, but it has yet to catch on with various websites).

    • AndroidFTW

      Maybe Key Lime Pie has something to do with this…

      • P233asw

        You know what, it absolutely could! The next version may merge Chrome OS and Android together.

    • symbolset

      I would buy it.

    • Mike A

      Maybe a new line of Asus Tranformers? After all they are already using an Intel chip in the Fonepad.

    • Karl Zhao

      I wouldn’t replace my current PC because I need more processing power. Sure, the processing power here is already much more than it was on a smartphone 2 years ago, but it can’t even come close to an i7-3770K.

    • luncha

      this touchscreen notebook isn’t limited to Android OS, is it ?
      it uses intel x86 processor, I should be able to install win8 or linux on it.

      so what prevent me to go dual-boot with it ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/will.stewart.585559 Will Stewart

      I hope they can run the full version of Chrome & others desktop apps.

    • Jaime

      I may buy one

    • Ezzo

      Hmm…. It should have a VM app (run Linux etc.)

    • Tim

      I can’t wait until I can run Android on my desktop PC. Android with a Core i7, 12GB RAM and a SSD and Nvidia GPU. You can already do almost anything with Android that you can with a PC, so why not? I think this would be a great alternative to Windows or dare I say, Linux.

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