Could The Atom Mobile Processor Push Intel Stock Past ARM And Qualcomm?

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Chris Lau, Kapitall: Could a new mobile processor be a saving grace for Intel stock?

After struggling for a long while to produce a good mobile processor, Intel (INTC) seems to have finally found success with the Atom, part of the Bay Trail family.

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The mobile processor was selected for Dell’s Venue 8 Pro tablet. Even more impressive is that this processor is powerful enough to run Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 8.1. With assertions from IDC (as recently as December 2) that PC sales will decline 10.1% in 2013, will Intel and Microsoft sell enough tablets to make up the gap?

Dell Venu tablet gets rave reviews

On Amazon (AMZN), the Venue 8 pro already has 242 reviews with an average score of four out of five stars. It is powered by Intel’s Atom Z3740D, which has Intel HD graphics and runs at 1.33GHz.

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The Venue 8 tablet reportedly has no lag, many apps in the Microsoft store, and quality display. Users who have abandoned their PC may now run most apps on this tablet. What’s also impressive is that the tablet weighs just 0.87 pounds. That's almost as light as Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini, which weighs at least 0.69 pounds. Apple still has an edge with battery life: the latest mini lasts 12:43, compared to 7:19 for the Venue 8 Pro.

Microsoft benefits

In addition to growing its user base for Windows 8.1, Microsoft could benefit from distributing its Office software on the tablet. Users could also start using SkyDrive to sync files across devices.