Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 22:53 UTC
Windows Well, this can't be a good sign. Samsung has told CNET that the company will not be launching its Windows RT tablet in the United States, citing a lack of demand and consumer confusion. After I spent an afternoon in my country's largest electronics retailer, it's hard not to agree with Samsung.
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Deviate_X on Sun 13th Jan 2013 12:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Deviate_X
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Intel I think really surprised everyone by how quickly they were able to retrofit Clovertrail for Tablets and have it perform decently (Battery Life/Performance).



Intel needs to be weakened in the PC space, they lack effective competition, they charge very high prices. Windows on ARM creates pressure on Intel.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by ze_jerkface on Sun 13th Jan 2013 13:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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2012-06-22

Intel needs to be weakened in the PC space, they lack effective competition, they charge very high prices. Windows on ARM creates pressure on Intel.


Charge high prices? You think $50 for a dual core cpu is too high? That's the price of dinner for two in the US and that cpu can easily last you 10 years. It also provides more computing power than a $5000 server cpu could offer 10 years ago.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by saso on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2007-04-18

You think $50 for a dual core cpu is too high?

That's about twice what nVidia charges for a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 quad-core CPU: http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/pages/Low-End-Google-Nexus-7-...
So yes, $50 is overpriced.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by WereCatf on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2006-02-15

Charge high prices? You think $50 for a dual core cpu is too high?


Well, that nets you a low-end Celeron processor with very, very poor GPU and no extras. For less than $50 you could in theory buy a quad-core ARM-processor with a more powerful GPU, integrated DSP capable of hardware encoding and decoding a handful of different codecs, usually there's WIFI/bluetooth/SATA/etc. integrated -- think of lower cost for the motherboard thanks to fewer needed components -- and lower thermal output.

Of course, they're not directly comparable, but generally ARM SoCs net you a lot more features and speed than a similarly-priced Intel-processor. On the other hand, ARM-vendors do not sell their SoCs to individual people and there are no motherboards to slap them on to, so I wonder how much of the asking price for the Intel-processors come from all the logistics and packaging needed to sell to end-users -- I doubt it's an entirely negligible amount.

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