In today’s world, media-hypnotized people will buy absolutely anything at any price. Intel’s money, marketing, market clout and monopolistic practices helped the company keep over 80% of the x86 market for 7 years, between 1999 and 2006 despite offering clearly inferior products.
We’ve already got used to seeing tablet prices falling on a yearly basis and performance jumping higher and higher just as often.
Now Microsoft and Intel seem dead set on reversing the trend.
The two giants apparently expect customers to pay twice the money for half the performance.
It seems we were right when we reported here that Intel’s platform will be significantly more expensive than ARM-based solutions.
Today Acer goes further and adds yet another apparent nail in Intel Atom’s coffin.
The company is reportedly planning to release its Intel Clover Trail Windows 8 tablet priced at an incredible $1000 (770 EUR).
Yes, you’ve got that right. They’re planning to charge you 1000 bucks for roughly a third of performance Qualcomm’s APQ 8064 will offer in any Android tablet.
There is a chance that all these reports are not all that accurate.
Intel’s Windows 8 / Clover Trail launch event that we reported here will set the record straight, but the way things are right now, the Intel Atom /Windows 8 platform seems destined to fail.