Did Intel pull a fast one with the A1xx processors?

Intel had a hard act to follow with the popularity and functionality of the Pentium M series processors.  These were the first mobile processors and chipsets that were optimized for mobile devices and since they were so effective they are the benchmark against which all future mobile processors will be judged.  That’s not a good thing for Intel as devices have starting appearing using the current A1xx processors.  There are currently two flavors of the A-series that run at 600 MHz and 800 MHz.  You would think that using slower processors would be a boon to battery life but I am the first to admit I am disappointed in the performance of these new processors.  Every single review, every single person I’ve talked to, every single video I have seen of a device that uses one of these new processors indicates performance that is a step back in time to the older Celeron processors.  I haven’t seen a single device, especially those running Vista, that has acceptable performance.  This wouldn’t be a totally bad thing if the gain was long battery life but I’m not seeing that either.  Most of the devices available today with these new processors claim roughly the same battery life that similar devices using the older Pentium M processors provide.  So what’s the point with the new processors?  I’m hoping someone can enlighten me, I admit I am no expert where microprocessors are concerned, but I do know mobile devices and I just don’t get it.

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