VentureBeat listened in on an Intel analyst’s call earlier this week and they reported that:
Krzanich said he expects $99 tablets, $299 Haswell laptops, and $349 2-in-1 hybrid tablets and laptops.
Speaking in a conference call today with analysts, Krzanich said that touchscreen-based laptops based on Haswell processors, which have twice the graphics capability and 50 percent better battery life than previous versions, will be the mainstay of holiday PC offerings. For devices with Bay Trail chips, there will be eight to 10 models available in clamshell devices at around $299.
I think he’s being a tad too optimistic.
So far as I know Intel isn’t having too much luck with cheap tablets. They have Windows tablets sown up, but those generally cost $300 or more. For example, there’s the Acer W3 tablet which debuted earlier this year at $380, or the Lenovo Miix2 ($299).
A $99 Intel tablet implies that it will run Android, and I don’t think there are all that many Intel-based Android tablet on the market. In fact, I only found 3 device makers with an Intel tablet: Dell, Asus, and . I am probably missing a few, but even if I missed half of the available tablets we’re still looking at a rather small number of tablets.
And since when is a $99 Android tablet a bargain?
There have been Android tablets at that price point since last Spring, and some of them weren’t bad. You can even find 3 models on the US market with dual-core CPUs and a sub-$90 price tag (Hisense Sero 7, for example).