Microsoft take on Cheap Tablets, $120 Windows Tablet?

$120 Windows Tablet!

Microsoft take on Cheap Tablets, $120 Windows Tablet?

Microsoft take on Cheap Tablets, $120 Windows Tablet?


Microsoft promised cheaper Windows tablets with its "Windows 8.1 with Bing" option for manufacturers, and they’re now starting to arrive on the marketplace.

Toshiba is one of the first to announce a 7-inch Windows tablet at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, signalling a new price point for mainstream manufacturers to battle the cheap Android alternatives. The new Encore Mini is a 7-inch (1024 x 600) Windows 8.1 tablet running a quad-core Intel Atom processor with 16GB of internal storage and an SD slot for those that need more space. It’s a pretty bare-bones machine, but it’s priced accordingly with it it retailing at $119.99 and is available now.


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If your a fan of Windows this will likely be the smallest device capable of running it, but not without a few drawbacks. The Encore Mini will not have a Windows Button, the display is basic, both in terms of viewing angles and resolution and the specs will be too low for most of the people reading this.

We will have to get used to these full Windows Tablets, as Microsoft is arming their closest Partners with free versions of Windows in order to combat the rise of Android. This Version of Windows is x86, so these Tablets should provide a more PC like experience for those who do not like android. This also adds the means that a Steam could be installed on these tablets and "Steam In-Home Streaming" may be an option on Stronger versions of these Tablets, which could help AMD APU based tablets combat the Nvidia Shield.


Microsoft take on Cheap Tablets, $120 Windows Tablet?  

Acer's also announced an 8-inch (1280 x 800 IPS) Iconia Tab 8 W with Windows 8.1 and one year of complimentary Microsoft Office 365 Personal. It features up to eight hours of battery in a 9.75-mm thick chassis weighing 0.8 pounds. It'll begin shipping in October starting at 149 euro, and to "Pan America" in November for $149.99. The superior screen here will likely make this Tablet a much better buy, but do not expect stellar performance.

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05-09-2014, 10:08:01

120 bucks an license for 8.1 alone costs 60...when it has some Performance? why not? good YouTube and browsing tab I believeQuote

06-09-2014, 05:24:22

If the tablet is small enough (less than 9" I believe), then the Windows licence is free under the Windows with Bing scheme. This is Microsofts big idea to push more into the tablet and mobile scene with cheap tabs.Quote

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