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Intel to kick off mobile push with Windows 8 event in SF

Ian Paul | Sept. 28, 2012
Chip maker Intel hopes to get into mobile devices in a big way Thursday as the company unveils the 1.8GHz dual-core Atom Z2760, the first chip from Intel's Clover Trail family. The new chip is designed specifically for Windows 8 tablets and hybrid devices as the company tries to compete with ARM-based chips that currently dominate the smartphone and tablet world.

As for Windows 8 tablets running on Intel silicon, they'll theoretically offer full compatibility with Windows legacy technology, including current desktop applications, and peripherals such as printers and cameras. These could be handy advantages if you want them, but it's not clear if people are clamoring to use Quicken on a tiny touchscreen, or print directly from their tablets.

Clover Trail Hardware Options

Intel's event will include presentations from major PC manufacturers so we should get more details later. But the company in June said 20 Windows 8 tablets with Clover Trail chips were already in the works. Some tablets and laptop convertibles set to run Clover Trail chips have already been announced including the Hewlett-Packard Envy X2, Samsung Ativ Smart PC, and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2.

Clover Trail Device Pricing

The key to a successful push into mobile devices will be the cost of Clover Trail-powered Windows 8 laptops and hybrids. Few prices have been announced for upcoming Clover Trail devices, but costs are expected to range anywhere from $700 to $1000 and up. That's definitely more expensive than the $500 price tag of a base model iPad. But Intel-powered tablets should offer more PC-like capabilities than Apple's tablet, and this should appeal to anyone looking to get real work done on a touchscreen device.

 

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