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Intel says Android is dominating Windows tablets in sales

by David Needle

April 16 2014

Shipments of Windows tablets barely registered in Intel's quarterly numbers, especially compared to Android-based tablets.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during the company's first-quarter earnings conference call that out of the 5 million tablet processors the chip giant shipped, "80 to 90%" were for Android and the rest Windows.

One caveat, Intel doesn't count what it calls 2-in-1 devices, that fold with a keyboard to do double-duty as either a laptop or tablet, as a tablet.

As an Intel spokesperson told CNet: "The primary difference is, if it detaches, that's a tablet; if it just folds over, that's a 2 in 1."

In fact, that kind of combination may be the best way for Intel's partners like Dell and HP to make headway in tablets versus a "pure" tablet sans keyboard that doesn't offer distinct value compared to competitors like the iPad and various Android models.

"That's why you see the latest updates to Windows 8.1 are pretty much focused [on adding] keyboard [functionality]. The keyboard angle of a PC is so essential," Technalysis Research analyst Bob O'Donnell told the site.

(The best use case scenarios for tablets replacing laptops will be discussed at the Tablet Strategy conference in New York on May 6, 2014)

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