Intel’s new Apollo Lake chips could pave the way for very cheap hybrid PCs
We all love cheap computers, especially when they are good computers. So upon hearing that Intelâ€™s new Apollo chips could allow for some very cheap hybrid computers, weÂ were unsurprisingly excited.
The Apollo Lake processors are based on the Atom design â€” processors designed for low-cost PCs â€” so folks originally expecting something equivalent of an i5 for $100 should step back and reevaluate their overall expectations.
Weâ€™ve come to understand that this new chip features a new micro-architecture known as Goldmont along with a new graphics core known as Gen9 for increased performance. Users wonâ€™t be able to play advanced video games with Atomâ€™s Apollo Lake hybrids, but watching 4K videos should be a breeze.
When it comes down to memory support, Apollo Lake will support DDR4, DDR3L and LPDDR3/4. Furthermore, SATA drives, PCIe x4 drives and eMMC 5.0 are all supported as well.
We should point out that Intel recommends using USB-C and wireless options when it comes down to connectivity.
One of the many interesting aspects of this new Atom Apollo Lake processor design is its new power management feature. As a result, hybrid Windows 10 computers with this processor inside should have longer battery life. In addition, OEMs can choose to design thinner computers with smaller batteries to boot.
Hereâ€™s the thing: these PCs wonâ€™t become available until the second half of 2016, and will likely carry the Celeron and Pentium processor brand names instead of Atom. When it comes down to screen size, 11.6-inches should be the smallest, topping off with 14-inches according to Intel’s PDF documents.
The sizes of the display are based on what Intel believes users require in a hybrid computer. As for the pricing, Intel is aiming from between $169 and $269. These are great prices for emerging markets and for those who just want to purchase a computer for their children.
Intel and its partners, along with Microsoft, have all been attempting to grow the lagging PC market but with little success. Windows 10 is a solid experience, but it also requires spectacular hardware to draw attention.