Notebooks could reach as low as $200 in the coming years according to Intel and instead of Windows 8 or Chrome OS, the notebooks will be running the mobile Android operating system.
The popular mobile platform has yet to see great tablet progress, with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 the only two devices hitting more than a few million sales internationally.
However, with notebooks set at a great price point it may be hard to refute getting one, if the device is able to run some good applications and become your home PC.
We have yet to find out any manufacturers who will be building the Android notebooks, currently Google tries to push partners into the Chrome OS category when they want to build a hybrid.
With the recent news Chrome OS has less users than Windows RT, it may be time for Google to look at new version of Android for tablets and cheap notebooks.
These notebooks will be mostly packed with Intel’s Atom mobile processor. For now, the notebooks will be mostly Android and Intel may look at Windows 8 if Microsoft drops the price for OEM partners.
With Intel’s PC market shrinking, the company needs to now expand into phones, tablets and hybrids. The hybrids haven’t hit much traction, as most all of them hit the high-end laptop/notebook price point.
We expect Intel will also start moving into phones more aggressively, with mobile processor to actually compete against Qualcomm, Nvidia and other distributors.
The company was recently rumoured to be developing new mobile processors for the iPhone and iPad, for a special request from Apple, which would vastly improve their market share in mobile.
Intel has said the new notebooks will be coming sometime in 2014, with pretty impressive price points. By then, Android may have passed Key Lime Pie and we may see some real difference between Android phone and Android tablet.