It's fair to say that Intel missed the boat on mobile in terms of tablets and smartphones, and in doing so, inadvertently conceded the market to ARM. The good news for Intel is that it's early in the game, and the bad news for ARM is that we're going to see a much more aggressive Intel target the mobile sector in 2014 than what we've seen before. From entry-level tablets to high-end slates, Intel's processor roadmap has them all covered.
The Santa Clara chip maker has already launched Bay Trail-T with support for Windows 8/8.1. By the end of the year, expect to also see Android-supported models, according to Digitimes and its sources within Taiwan's tablet supply chain.
Based on what they've seen, Intel is getting ready to launch entry-level 7-inch Bay Trail (Z3735D Series) tablets running Android ranging in price from $99 to $129. Sounds ultra aggressive, though this isn't the first we've heard of Intel launching a $99 tablet.
Larger models up to 8 inches will run $149 to $199 and be available in the first quarter of 2014. Following that, Digitimes' sources say Bay Trail and Cherry Trail platforms will infiltrate 8-inch to 10-inch tablets priced at $199 to $249, and 10-inch models above $249.
Cherry Trail, which is based on Intel's 14nm Airmont architecture with support for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8/8.1 and Android, will come later in the year around September 2014. Intel also plans to release Windows and Android supported tablets running Willow Trail, which is based on its 14nm Goldmont architecture.