On Thursday, Intel revealed its financial numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012. While the figures beat previous estimates, Intel's revenues and profits were still lower than they were for the same period a year ago.
However, current Intel CEO Paul Otellini still feels that working with Microsoft and third party PC makers on new PC convertible designs (such as the Dell XPS 12, shown above) will help Intel in the long run to fight off the rise of tablet-only products such as the iPad and Kindle Fire. CNet.com reports that during Intel's Q&A with financial analysts on Thursday, he stated:
We are in the midst of a radical transformation of the computing experience with the blurring of form factors and adoption of new user interfaces. It's no longer necessary to choose between a PC and a tablet. Convertibles and detachables combined with Windows 8 and touch provide a 2-for-1, no-compromise computing experience.
And what about competition from ARM-based processors such as the ones from NVIDIA and Qualcomm that are being used in a few Windows RT tablets such as the Surface. Otellini seems to be unimpressed so far, claiming that Intel's upcoming "Bay Trail" and "Clover Trail+" chips will perform better than ARM-based designs. He added, "These devices are simply becoming very small computers, and that's what Intel is exceptional at."
Source: CNet.com | Image via Dell