Intel CEO Paul Otellini said in the first-quarter conference call today, the price of Windows 8 touch-screen devices including notebook will be reduced to the level of low-cost tablet computer, and those devices will use the upcoming Intel’s Bay Trail quad-core chip.
“The price of the ultra-thin touch screen notebooks with Intel Bay Trail processor will be the minimum down to $ 200.” Otellini said.
Intel CFO Stacy Smith said: “The Bay Trail will be a great product in this field, and will provide much higher performance than the competitors’.”
Earlier this month, an Intel senior Chinese official said the Bay Trail would become the most powerful Atom processor by far, the performance would be twice of the existing Intel Tablet PC processor, not only the thickness of the device can be reduced to 8mm, and able it can achieve all-day battery life and up to a few weeks standby time.
Both Otellini and Smith haven’t mentioned the specific screen size, but the price indicates that at least a part of the equipmenta will be used to the smaller size screens.
The computer products of 200-300 U.S. dollars are mainly dominated by Android, including the 7-inch Nexus 7. Such products are mainly with quad-core processors provided by Qualcomm and Nvidia, but are all based on the ARM architecture.
The Bay Trail chip is expected to be listed during the Christmas shopping season this year.
Otellini also revealed that in the standard ultrabooks equipped with the company’s new generation Haswell processors, there will be more products priced as low as $ 499.