According to Digitimes, that’s the going price of 8 cores of ARM.“The 8-core CPUs have been in volume production for over six months, with prices of 8-core smartphone now falling under CNY1,000 (US$163), and therefore the adoption of 8-core chips may not be able to effectively lift up smartphone prices in the end market” I remember running whole computer-labs on less CPU power (my first 30-seat LTSP lab had a single 32-bit core of Intel at 1.8 gHz). Folks are putting this in a smartphone.
Intel has responded to such pressure by supplying Atom processors at ever-lower power-consumption and prices. They are now competitive in tablets. The other half of Wintel is still floundering though trying to sell the OS for less on small devices and more for big devices. How many need big devices? Chuckle. Hint: It’s not the size of the device that matters for most of us. It’s the price. Not many care what OS runs on it as long as they can figure it out. Lock-in is almost gone for consumers and many businesses.