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Cheap Intel-based Android tablets get real

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Toshiba tipped a $110 Android tablet using a quad-core Intel Atom, while Intel revealed plans to license Rockchip to make its own low-cost Atom-based SoCs.

Ever since Intel’s 22nm, Silvermont core-based Bay Trail and Merrifield system-on-chip families were announced, it seemed that the x86-based Atom would finally draw close to ARM on battery life while also offering competitive performance. Yet it remained to be seen whether Intel could also compete on price. Two announcements today suggest that the company can do just that.

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