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New Broadwell Android Tablet From Intel: Too Costly Or Too Sexy?

Silicon chip giant Intel has some news for our readers. The company, which is indirectly encashing the Android wave worldwide, is ready to offer some tablets which will be powered by the new Broadwell Y chips, which are the next generation of Intel processors.

The tablets are to have multi-core CPU (many processors in one processor) and integrated GPU (the graphics engine which lets you play latest games or watch and record HD videos), which are factors which contribute to the gadget running so smoothly. With 64-bit support, which is coming out of the made-for-future tag slowly, these tablets are expected to hit the market later this year. With Android L ready to go by that time, I will not be surprised if these tablets come with Android L or at least with KitKat but are upgradable to L.

Image Credit: Redmondpie
Unfortunately, the Broadwell chips will not yet be made available for higher-end Apple variants (Image Credit: Redmondpie)

Now of course you want to know the dimensions and the things it shall carry inside. So I spent little more time checking the facts.

Raise your hands, how many of you wished that MS Surface had an Android counterpart? I did, those gadgets looked super cool.

This might be my turn then (Hoping I impress one reader so much that she/he will gift me this one. There’s no harm in wishful thinking.) as these devices look somewhat similar to MS Surface. 9 mm thick and detachable keyboard, and has two sizes available, 10.6 inches and 13.3 inches, these will be a great replacement for your laptop as well.

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Image taken from Intel
Image Credit: Intel

Quad HD screen offers you a resolution of 2560 x 1440, which basically means ultrafine display, a battery which gives you 8 hours of usage, a 13 megapixel rear camera and yes take this, an 8 MP front camera, all the features are tempting enough. A fine Aluminium chassis along the border (so you can drop it a few more times before actually shattering it, thank God no plastic) to hold everything in place safely and a nice in-built 64 GB storage to keep your data, games and images together. Is there an external slot to further increase the space? Oui Monsieur, there is. Good for you in case you like to carry as much data as possible, like I do.

Those are some great specs but the more you add sugar, the sweeter the sorbet is.

The case is not different with these tablets either. The entry level version will cost you $499, while if you want an Alienware (my pet term for high-end gadgets) then it should cost you no less than $799. The prices are rather high for Asian markets, at least for most Asian countries, where good to great tablets can be purchased for somewhere around $250 to $400. You can’t do much about the prices; but yes, once you spend this much, you shall not be disappointed with your investment either.

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Image Credit: Your News Ticker

The Broadwell Y chips will ensure that your tablets are much faster compared to your friends’. Moreover, you shall be one of the first few who will be tasting the all new Android L, which is, according to Google, the biggest update in Android till now. Excited yet?

Question is, will Intel be capturing the market, especially in Asia, where the Android segment is seeing the highest growth rate with these outworldly tablets, or will the price push the general Asian back and make them choose something which burns a smaller hole in their pocket?

Can Intel maintain their own growth in the Android market or will they regret this decision? As I am no Nostradamus, nor are you I guess, we can only wait and watch for time to tell us.

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