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Intel gears up tablet plans, says future hybrids will be more affordable

by Doug Drinkwater

June 4 2013

Intel reckons that the laptop-cum-tablet is about to become big news. The world’s largest chipmaker claims to be working on 30 tablets, possibly including some hybrid tablets at more affordable prices.

"We're seeing some really great momentum in our customers. We got over 30 tablet designs already on, across Android and Windows, and we expect to have them for the holidays," said Gregory Bryant, Intel's Asia Pacific vice president, in an interview yesterday.

Bryant was speaking at Taiwan’s Computex fair, which has already proved to be a hotbed for Intel news this week.

Samsung and Asus both committed to using Intel processors for future tablet and phablets at the show, but the chipmaker's headline news was on the unveiling of its fourth generation Intel Core “Haswell” processor, the new quad-core Atom “Bay Trail” and Merrifield chip for smartphones.

Given that both Haswell and Bay Trail are expected to feature in future hybrid tablets, it was perhaps to no surprise that Tom Kilroy, senior vice president and manager of Intel's Sales and Marketing Group, talked up the form-factor during the company keynote.

 “The two-in-one era: we believe this is the new normal,” said Kilroy. "Thanks to the new fourth gen Core, we now have a tremendous opportunity to transform the industry."

Intel even hinted at the possibility of cheaper hybrid tablets on Twitter during the show.

 “Bay Trail quad core Atom #2in1 tablets coming this holiday starting at $399," read the tweet.

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