Low-cost Intel devices to run on Google and Microsoft platforms


Recent reports have claimed that some inexpensive Intel tablets and laptops will soon hit the market based on Google’s operating system, while others will come with Microsoft’s operating system. Paul Otellini, the CEO of Intel, said that these new touch devices could be launched in the market for as low as $200.

The cheapest of these devices may not be based on the Windows operating system though. Initially it was thought that the chief operating system for these would be Windows 8, as it was originally reported. Sources familiar with the development said that Android tablets at a $200 price point does have some advantages. On April 19, 2013, a report said that Intel is promoting Android convertible notebooks and that Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, Acer and Asus will be launching their respective products in the upcoming months.

Further reports have said that the upcoming 7-inch Windows 8 tablets, which used Intel Atom processors, will be priced as low as $299. Microsoft said on April 18, 2013, that future small devices will be priced competitively in the market as well.

Peter Klein, the chief financial officer of Microsoft said, “We are…working closely with [PC makers] on a new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows.” Klein added that such devices have a competitive price points which are partly enabled by the latest OEM offerings.