Why The $20 Intel Atom X5-Z8300 SoC Is Now More Attractive

This is a follow-up to my essay that formerly discussed a significance of a Atom X5 Cherry Trail mobile processors. A new trickle reliable that Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) will still be provision 14nm Airmont Cherry Trail Atom processors to inscription manufacturers subsequent year. Xiaomi and other OEMs are already regulating Airmont Cherry Trail Atom X5 processors for their Windows/Android tablets.

Digitimes’ draft subsequent suggested Intel is not entrance adult with new inscription processor designs subsequent year. The stream Cherry Trail and Core m5/m7 family of processors will still be marketed as inscription processors for a whole of 2016. This is usually in line with Intel’s delay of a 10nm processors to 2017.

(Source: Digitimes)

It’s therefore acquire news that a $20 Atom X5-Z8300 is indeed able of ancillary 4GB RAM max memory limit. The central datasheet of a 14nm 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom X5-Z8300 still lists a limit memory distance during 2GB. However, a U.S.-based vendor, O Plus, is already offered a 2-in-1 tablet/notebook product that has a Atom X5-Z8300 and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

Yes, a Chinese white-box inscription vendors will expected go for a entry-level Atom X3 for their sub-$200 tablets. On a other hand, we trust a bigger, determined tellurian OEMs will go for a 2-in-1 form cause and use a cheapest Atom X5. The Atom X3 processors are still singular to 2GB of RAM, that creates them reduction suitable for higher-margin Windows 10 and Android OS 6.0 devices.

Why Investors Should Care

The Atom X5-Z8300 will substantially turn a best-selling processor among a Atom X5 and Atom X7 family of inscription SoCs. The O Plus Notepad is a Windows 10 hybrid that looks a lot like Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) $599 Surface 3. The Surface 3 has a $35 1.6 GHZ Atom X5-Z8700 and a O Plus counterpart uses a cheapest Atom X5 SoC, a $20 X5-Z8300. Both of them have 4GB of RAM though a O Plus Notepad retails for usually P16,999 ($362) here in a Philippines.

Just like smartphones and unchanging computers, Windows 10 and Android-powered device perform improved when they have some-more RAM. Using a Intellipen with RAM-intensive Windows 10 program like Adobe’s (NASDAQ:ADBE) Illustrator CC is not optimized for Windows tablets/computers with usually 2GB of RAM.

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(Source: oplususa.com)

My indicate is that many inscription manufacturers could use a cheapest Atom X5 to emanate high-quality tablet/notebook products and immediately save $15. Bigger OEMs like Lenovo (OTCPK:LNVGY) and Asustek (OTC:ASUUY) that flower in thin-margin computers/tablets will unequivocally conclude a $15 savings.

The harmony of a Atom X5 Z8300 with adult to 4GB of RAM allows OEMs to emanate improved multi-tasking Windows/Android tablets. It’s a differentiating cause to have a 4GB RAM-equipped inscription now since there’s still so few of them on a marketplace today.

The Cherry Trail Atom X5 Z8300 has improved benchmark scores than a aged Bay Trail Atom Z3735F. The improved integrated Intel Gen8 GPU of a $20 Atom X5 really gives inscription vendors a genuine offered indicate – they could explain that their 2016 tablets/2-in-1 products are going to be improved gaming machines.

(Source: CNX-Software.com)

The Atom Z8300 Also Great For Mini PCs and PC Sticks

The Tronsmart Ara X5 benchmarked in a draft above is a Mini PC, not a tablet. The MeLE PCG01 with a aged Atom Z3735F SoC is a PC Stick. The intensity marketplace of a $20 Atom Z8300 therefore also includes a flourishing mini PC market.

Likewise, a 4GB harmony of a cheapest Cherry Trail Atom SoC is a differentiating cause for manufacturers of mini computers and PC Sticks.

Mini computers for a educational marketplace and a craving needs a 4GB RAM pattern to make them decent all-day-long capability tools. Of course, there is now a Cherry Trail-powered PC Stick with 8GB of RAM. However, a top-of-the-line, Atom Z8700-powered MagicStick Windows 10 PC Stick mechanism retails for $329. The manufacturer of a MagicStick therefore used a Atom Z8300 to emanate a $139 chronicle with usually 2GB of RAM and a $20 Atom Z8300 SoC.

I assume that MagicStick will eventually recover a $169-$189 indication with 4GB of RAM and Atom Z8300. This unfolding also relates to a destiny versions of a Tronsmart Ara X5. As of now a Tronsmart Ara X5 has usually 2GB of RAM. Now that a Atom Z8300 it uses indeed supports aloft volume of max memory, we design a manufacturer to also recover a chronicle with some-more 4GB of RAM.

Linux, Android, Chrome OS and Windows 10 mini computers are all a same. They are really appetite fit though they still need a additional RAM to make them faster multi-tasking computers in a bureau environment.

Meanwhile, Intel needs a PC Stick/mini PC marketplace for a Atom X5 business to make adult for any debility in inscription sales. The 28nm Atom X3 is expected not rival adequate to compare a price/performance of a entry-level ARM-based processors of Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and MediaTek.

Without a same 2014-level of discounts from Intel, we doubt if a Atom X3 will attract a support of miserly Chinese inscription manufacturers.

My Takeaway

I echo my Buy rating for INTC. Intel is not accurately promotion a 4GB harmony of a cheapest Atom X5 SoC though we design a Atom X5 Z8300 to turn renouned among vendors of higher-margin tablets, 2-in-1s, PC Sticks and mini PCs. It’s a most-appropriate processor that competence find OEM bulk buyers who won’t direct unreasonable discounts from Intel.

Unlike a Atom X3, a Atom X5 are targeted for mainstream $150-$400 products that concede manufacturers to make a decent margin. The Intel processor that could be sole to OEMs but funding is therefore critical toward creation Intel’s mobile business a breakeven/profitable venture.

The destiny of Intel in tablets and mini PCs is improved off if it can henceforth equivocate competing with sub-$100 MediaTek-powered Android devices.

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