Intel: Some tablets with Atom-Bay Trail chips could cost "well below" $199

In April, Intel's chief product officer Dadi Pelmutter stated that some tablets that had the company's upcoming Bay Trail-based Atom processor inside would cost as low as $200, if the tablets were using Google's Android OS.

Today, as part of their Computex 2013 keynote, Intel is singing a different and even better tune on Bay Trail-based tablet prices. Computerworld.com reports that Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, stated that in terms of the costs for Bay Trail tablets, "We believe we can push it well below the $199 price point."

This is good news for Intel, as it tries to compete with tablets that use processor designs from ARM, such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon and NVIDIA's Tegra chips. It's also potentially good news for tablets that will run Windows 8.1. If Intel can cut the price down on Bay Trail processors, that means the upcoming 7 and 8 inch tablets that will run Microsoft's next OS could be cheaper than the current limit of $299.

The first BayTrail-based tablets for Android and Windows 8.1 are expected to go on sale before the end of 2013. They are supposed to have twice the performance and much longer batter life compared to the current Clover Trail-based Atom processors.

Source: Computerworld.com | Image via Intel

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Mission Impossible: I hope the tablet is at least IPS or SUPER AMOLED HD with FHD resolution. And if the size is 7" X86 with Windows 8 and Office 2013 I hope it has HDMI and mini USB so I can use eksternal display, keyboard, and mouse with nice office

But it mission impossible. The article say with Android. As long as the hardware powerful enought, we can buy X86 Windows 8 or 9 later.

Just bought a Windows RT tablet. My expectations were quite low since nobody has been buying them. Already have ipad1, ipad3 and Nexus 7. Fancied a new toy.

Extremely impressed! Think I will end up upgrading to a better model at some point.

full x86 compatibility, checked.
office bundled, checked.
largest device ecosystem, checked.

awesome, windows 8 will rock the tablet space. got it.

neonspark said,
full x86 compatibility, checked.
office bundled, checked.
largest device ecosystem, checked.
consumer friendly price, checked.

awesome, windows 8 will rock the tablet space. got it.

neonspark said,
full x86 compatibility, checked.
office bundled, checked.
largest device ecosystem, checked.

awesome, windows 8 will rock the tablet space. got it.

Same than Netbook that most people hated without any reason.

efjay said,
You're not going to see any Windows devices at this price point.

I feel the same way. They were talking about tablets in general, not Windows tablets.

I think Intel means they don't care about profit for themselves as much as they care about becoming a big presence in the mobile world. They're trying to undercut ARM chipmakers.

Pluto is a Planet said,
I think Intel means they don't care about profit for themselves as much as they care about becoming a big presence in the mobile world. They're trying to undercut ARM chipmakers.

The way it sounded to me they meant the total price of the device which means the profit has to be very low for them.