You know Wintel is feeling the pressure when they cut prices. They really hate to do that so they call those adaptations “subsidies” or “promotions” or what not…“Although the strategy helps Intel to maintain a share of around 90% in the notebook market, the strategy has taken a heavy toll out of Intel in the mobile device market as the company has generated about US$7 billion of losses from its mobile and communications business during the past two years and will continue to see losses in the fourth quarter, the sources noted.
Internally, Intel has been debating about whether to stay in the tablet market, but the company has decided to push for the market since its absence could impact its PC business and create a hole in its Internet of thing (IoT) lineup, the sources explained.” but they are effectively price-cuts to the market. Folks see the prices are lower and buy/sell more units. It’s pretty serious if Intel is willing to take a huge loss just to defend the desktop monopoly on its deathbed, but this is what I predicted years ago. So, I was off a few years. Sue me… The dying dinosaur will thresh mightily for more time alive.
See Intel decides to keep tablet subsidies, say sources.
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