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    Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

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    Re: Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

    (hehe cloudbook) intel thought x86 will be ontop of things forever but ARM is proving to be a winner.

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    Re: Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

    I'd love to agree with you, lumireleon, but most Chromebook-type devices seem to have intel CPUs in them. I find it very disappointing, to be honest, as these would seem ideal places for ARM CPUs to thrive and deliver long-battery, high-portability laptops. I'm sitting here with an ARM desktop board that draws so little power that many PSUs can't actually distinguish that it is on (I had to connect a fan just to provide enough load)! You'd think that would be tailor-made for laptops.

    However, I suspect Intel must have some really nice "complete-path-to-market" solutions which attract the likes of Acer et al.. My guess is that they can supply all components "ready to roll" whereas the ARM SoCs may need extra parts for (say) wifi or storage. This is where Intel's chip manufacturing capabilities may earn it design wins over ARM's fabless approach.

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    Re: Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

    At least this SoC looks more integrated than previous ones.

    But Intel are really spoiling us with the lack of actual real technical specifications here. It's just marketing bumf to make up for the fact that Atom is still a very weak core.

    ARM SoCs would be ideal for these devices but Intel is still selling these Atom SoCs below cost price, and coupled with free Windows 10 on cheap laptops it's keeping ARM out for the moment.

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    Re: Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

    I did notice some cracking deals on convertible 10.1" tablet PCs recently, and wondered if something new was about to be released.

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    Re: Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

    the only good thing with Low.W intel processors is their number crunching abilities at full speed.

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    Re: Intel Apollo Lake targets entry level and ultra-compact devices

    I detest those 11.6" form factors. They are too small to be a proper laptop and too big to be a netbook or tablet. They have too little RAM and not enough on-board storage.
    I want something to replace a pair of very good, but six year old, 10" netbooks. I need decent keyboards, matte screens, 4GB RAM, MINIMUM 256GB on-board storage, replaceable batteries and the grunt to play HD video smoothly. When I need a bigger screen, I want to plug HDMI into an external display. Why the heck can't I find what I want and need? Because they keep churning out these semi-crippled 12" 2 in 1s and they do not hit the sweet spot.

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