Over at VentureBeat, Dean Takahashi quotes Intel’s new-ish CEO Brian Krzanich as saying “he expects $99 tablets, $299 Haswell laptops, and $349 2-in-1 hybrid tablets and laptops” for the holiday shopping season.
Intel’s worked to further bridge the tradeoff chasm between performance and battery life with its latest round of processors: The company’s Bay Trail chips, part of the Atom system-on-a-chip line, are finding their way into tablets, inexpensive laptops and other devices with tight quarters under the hood. The line of Haswell processors are finding their way into higher-end laptops, with early reviews of Haswell-based machines earning high marks for long battery life.
To find a laptop priced south of $300 isn’t a total anomaly by any means; nor is finding a sub-$100 tablet. The hope here is that this next wave of affordably-priced gadgets might offer fewer performance and battery-life tradeoffs than generations past.