Intel-Based Lenovo Yoga 11 Lands, is $240 USD More Expensive Than ARM Version
May 17, 2013 11:02 AM
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But Lenovo fears customers just don't want cheaper ARM products
Lenovo this week
the availability of a "Yoga" convertible laptop with Intel Corp. (
), dealing another blow to the embattled Windows RT.
Sales of Windows RT hybrids/tablets/laptops have quite simply stunk. In Q1 2013, only a meager 200,000 of the devices made their way into consumer hands. OEMs like Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
), The Lenovo Group, Ltd. (
), Dell Inc. (
), and Acer Inc. (
) -- have attacked the OS [
] blame poor legacy software support and poor marketing by Microsoft.
The Lenovo case is a particularly interesting one. Early on the Chinese OEM was bullish on
Windows on ARM
(WOA), showing off the NVIDIA Corp. (
IdeaPad Yoga 11
and complaining that Intel-based devices would be
up to $300 USD more expensive
. But of late it's complained that
business don't want Windows RT tablets/convertibles
legacy compatibility concerns
It appears Lenovo right on both counts -- Intel
continues to struggle with price points
, but customers still prefer its products (perhaps that's part of why PC sales saw their
biggest percentage drop in history
Lenovo this week announced an Intel-powered version of the 11.6-inch convertible/hybrid laptop-cum-tablet Yoga. The Intel Yoga is at least $240 USD more than the Tegra 3-based Yoga, which currently
retails for around $560 USD
With identical screen, form-factor, and body design to the ARM-based Yoga, the new Intel-based Yoga merely varies in OS version and the driving CPU chip.
The entry-level Windows 8
) dual-core model starts at $800 USD; a high-end Core i7-3689Y (dual-core) will fetch $1,349.99 USD (and also come with an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro). Both 4 GB and 8 GB DRAM options, as well as 128 GB and 256 GB SSD storage options are available. There's no discrete graphics -- the relatively "low resolution" 1,366x768 11.6-in. LED backlit screen is driven by the on-die HD 4000.
Even as Microsoft
) and company
reaffirm their commitments
to Windows RT, it appears that Lenovo is moving on, even if its pricing takes a hit.
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RE: No surprise
5/18/2013 10:40:03 AM
Don't be so arrogant.
Do you fancy yourself the pot, or the kettle?
I think you'd be absolutely astonished to know how many computers run Linux every day and how many people use those for productive use.
RE: No surprise
5/20/2013 9:22:01 AM
I do office work (which I wish would go away so I can focus on my real work in development) on a Ubuntu PC...billing, invoicing, time recording, etc. I fear that legacy when it comes to x86 Windows tends towards "OMG, it doesn't have Internet Explorer 6 - out internal apps will break!".
Our CRM, etc and several other business services run from a browser instance using Java. They look, feel and perform like something cranky and really old.
Works fine on Linux if updated correctly (i.e. blame your own company's IT dept. if it won't work outside of XP/Vista/IE6). You really should be up as far as IE10 compatibility on Windows 7 by now.
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