CNET puts words in the mouth of Intel CEO, then hides it

CNET, yesterday:

Intel CEO Paul Otellini last week said touchscreen PCs could debut at prices as low as $200 in the coming months. At the time, he didn’t specify what operating system those products would run.

But Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and chief product officer, told CNET on Wednesday that notebooks priced at the $200 level will predominantly be Android products running on Intel’s Atom mobile processor. Whether Windows 8 PCs hit that price largely depends on Microsoft, he said.

CNET last week, originally:

Windows 8 touch laptop prices are headed south. Way south, according to Intel executives.

The price of Windows 8 touch devices, including laptops, will sink to price points that penetrate inexpensive tablet territory. These new “innovative” designs will be based on Intel’s upcoming quad-core “Bay Trail” chip, Intel executives said today during the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call.

CNET last week, updated:

Touch laptop prices are headed south. Way south, according to Intel executives.

The price of Intel-based touch devices, including laptops, will sink to price points that penetrate inexpensive tablet territory. These new “innovative” designs will be based on Intel’s Atom chip, Intel executives said today during the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call.

CNET’s update note on that article:

Updated on April 19 at 1:05 p.m. PST: adds discussion about inexpensive Android devices. Updated throughout.

The editors at CNET did a pretty good job of covering up that fact that their writer basically quoted the CEO of Intel saying something he totally didn’t say.

Intel brags that next generation of Windows 8 devices will cost $200

Windows 8 touch devices to drop to $200, says Intel CEO | Business Tech – CNET News:

Windows 8 touch laptop prices are headed south. Way south, according to Intel executives.

The price of Windows 8 touch devices, including laptops, will sink to price points that penetrate inexpensive tablet territory. These new “innovative” designs will be based on Intel’s upcoming quad-core “Bay Trail” chip, Intel executives said today during the company’s first-quarter earnings conference call.

“If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultrathin using [Bay Trail] processors. Those prices are going to be down to as low as $200,” said Intel CEO Paul Otellini.

It would be awesome if Intel would stop spouting bullshit and deliver. Every quarter of every year, it’s “this new Atom processor is going to give you infinite battery life and super fast performance and hey look you can play Crysis on low at native resolution on this netbook!”

Enough already.

I’m going to go ahead and call this: if a device comes out this year running Windows 8 and it’s priced at $200 and it’s a notebook, no one will buy it. Why? Because no one wants a shitty plastic netbook anymore. If there were a market for netbooks, companies would be still making them. Which they aren’t. 

Plus, there’s no way that manufacturers could hit that $200 price point without compromising on literally everything – screen resolution, viewing angles, the amount of RAM, battery life, keyboard, all craptastic. Yet these companies act like the key to bringing back PC sales is more of this race to the bottom that has been going on  (outside of Apple) for the last two decade.