Dear Ughhh: Good point, there likely is a big savings from an Atom to a Tegra for example...and yes more data is going to the cloud although there is still a strong desire for lots of local flash and even a disk.
As a non-American I am always surprised by the US-centric analysis. In Asia where many people already use smartphones to connect to the Web the x86 legacy is not relevant. Good synchronization is not relevant when cloud computing. This analyst seems to be an old fashioned guy synchronisinig hardware gadgets. Why would I want to do that if all my data is web based?
Then the high price issue. It is news to me that Intel is the cheapest CPU supplier. Any SoC supplier to the cut throat Mobile or CE market can match Intel's pricing.
i need to do more research, having said that, isn't Chrome layered on top of LINUX? I think its a heck of a lot more than a dumb terminal. I also think we are in the midst of a paradigm shift. Its not that you HAVE to be connect its that you WANT to be connect.
It sounds like Chrome may be the new wave dumb terminal. I do not like being tied to the Internet to get any work done. This will be the downfall of Chrome. Cost is huge, but convenience is also a key factor in the mobile market.
I guess every PC user has familiarized themselves with the efficiency and simplicity of Google products, at least for now. I very much doubt the stereotype will be broken here.
I used to work for a mobile device development company, and the biggest impression with Win Mobile is high royalty. I mean HIGH. The license cost per device can easily exceed the cost of hardware itself. Plus the high cost and high power consumption of Atom(All-Types-Of-Moneypit), it makes wonder what will keep them in the arena without some serious price-cutting.
I'm not sure I buy into this analyst's point of view. In fact, I don't even buy the notion that a vice president of this particular company qualifies as an analyst. Instead, he's someone actively trying to shape market conditions to improve his company's position.
As for the price of advanced graphics chips, they won't contribute more than a few dollars to the ChromeOS device's retail price. They pay for themselves in quality and performance. As for accelerometers: pennies. By comparison, Windows devices require more RAM memory, and more disk memory (ChromeOS specifies flash RAM and no disk drive), thus more battery current is drawn so Windows devices are bigger and heavier.
The proof is in the pudding. When these devices become available (ChromeOS netbooks and Windows tablets), compare prices, features, and decide for yourself what suits you. Don't let disingenuous marketeers dissuade you from your personal choices.