14nm Broadwelll 2-in-1 ‘Llama Mountain’ Will Start from $599 – Thinner than the iPad Air
Broadwell is coming, and it will enter from the mobile market before trickling down to desktop variants. The Core M 2-in-1 codenamed 'Llama Mountain' is based on the Broad well 14nm node and will give you the best of PC and Tablets in one packaging. In the correct Ultrabook model this will be thinner than the iPad Air. The featherlight and fanless design will start from $599 with the Ultrabook model starting at $799; which you might notice is more than the iPad Air. But then again, a 2-in-1 is not just a tablet.
Intel's 2-in-1 Codenamed 'Llama Mountain' will feature Broadwell Core M and target the $799 Price point
If one thing is clear, it is Intel's leadership in the Microprcoessor Architecture sector. Their performance-per-watt is second to none. But the thing is, the PC Market is shifting to Tablets, and people are perfectly happy with the power an ARM powered tablet provides. And since the last few years or so, Intel has started to realize just how big a folly it was, to not enter the Tablet market sooner. Well here is exhibit one of their latest attempt, which I must say looks quite promising. Now as I mentioned before, the price tag is higher ($799) but you are getting a 2-in-1 and not just a tablet. There is a much more affordable model at $599, which is the Broadwell Detachable Notebook but will be thicker than the Ultrabook variant though still fanless.
Now heres the other faucet, Intel is trying to enter the market with superior hardware, fine, no one argues with that. But what about the operating system? Most people arent fans of Windows 8.1 but Apple users swear by the iOS. It comes down to a basic battle of iOS vs Windows 8.1 just as much as the hardware differences and price point. At the end of the day, you want the tablet or 2-in-1 to look cool from the 'inside' too not just feature a really thin body. Add the fact that there is now an Office for iOS and the mundane needs of the average web surfer and worker are fulfilled. In all honesty Intel will always have a niche of things that a mobile platform just cannot replace, which include the High End Gaming Market, Professional Market and the HPC Market. Analysts are claiming that the PC market is diminishing but they conveniently fail to account for the revenue offset by shifting to a smaller highend market from a larger broad spectrum market. And the same fact can be noticed by looking up Intel's share price over the last five years, which has remained almost completely Bullish, indicating high confidence by its shareholders. But lets not get into that now, on an ending note, looks like we will be getting a look at Broadwell soon enough.
— Usman Pirzada (@usmanpirzada) June 6, 2014