$200 Android Powered Notebooks With Intel CPU Confirmed
It’s official! According to an Intel official, Android notebooks powered by Intel processor will be available in retail stores in the near future, the cheapest device being priced at $200.
The information clarifies the previous rumors regarding Android laptops which haven’t been confirmed until now, and the statement comes from the Intel chief product officer Dadi Perlmutter. The execute gave an interview to online publication Cnet, after the company’s CEO Paul Otellini made some remarks last week about PCs featuring touchscreens that will be available for purchase for approximately $200, but he did not mention what operating system will the devices be running.
Now there is no room for further questions as we know that the devices will run Android OS. The main reason must be the fact that the operating system developed by Google is free to use by any OEM, unlike Windows * developed by Microsoft which has to be licensed by manufacturers.
So, the Android computers will be powered by the Intel Atom CPU, and we expect the device to be actually tablets featuring a keyboard dock for the users to be able to convert them into laptops when they desire. Unfortunately, none of Intel’s current partners have confirmed the fact that they have such a project in development, thus there is no way to tell when the devices will appear on the market nor what specs they will come with.
Even though Perlmutter has not provided an exact period when the Intel based notebooks will be launched, he said that it won’t be sooner than the end of 2013 or the beginning of 2014. Of course, this could mean anything and the release of the products could be further delayed. As far as I see it, nothing is set in stone and anything can happen considering that the Intel officials are rather vague in their statements.
What’s more interesting is the fact that, even though the price tag for the devices will start at $200, there will also be more expensive tablets that will cost $399 and $499 meaning that