By Vamien McKalin | Jun 05, 2013 02:48 PM EDT
The price of an Intel powered Windows 8 tablet might soon be so affordable, that anyone could purchase one, without breaking the bank. Windows 8.1 will power these new cost effective tablets along with Intel's new Atom processor code-named Bay Trail. When it comes down to the price, consumers should expect to spend at least $199, which is the perfect price point to get Windows 8.1 tablets into the hands on eager consumers on a budget.
"We believe we can push it well below the $199 price point," said Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, during a news conference at Computex in Taipei on Wednesday.
Bay Trail tablets are expected to run both Windows 8.1 and Android, and the screen size of these devices should be around 7 to 10-inches. Furthermore, Bay Trail-powered tablets does not only allow for a cost effective selling price, but also for increased battery life. Users should expect to experience eight hours or more of battery life in active usage, and weeks on standby, Eul said.
In addition, Bay Trail Windows 8.1 devices will be capable of playing 3D games along with running Microsoft Office 2013. The new chips will also be two times faster than the current Atom chipsets, and three times faster on graphics. While this might sound exciting, one should not expect to play high-end 3D games, however, games designed for tablets should perform relatively well.
Intel's new Bay Trail chips are not only for tablets, but for smartphones as well. Furthermore, the first tablets powered by the new chipset should show up in a Samsung Android device and a tablet with the Asus brand name.
Intel is rushing to catch up with and to surpass ARM, according to PC World. However, while Intel's mobile chip designs are powerful, they are usually power hungry and expensive. Bay Trail is designed to combat those problems, but it is yet to be determined whether or not it is enough to keep up with ARM.
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