PC vendors afraid a $199 Surface would price their Win RT efforts out, Microsoft shoots for 30% tablet market share
2. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
In my honest opinion, I think with the introduction of Windows 8 touch laptops, tablets will not die, but will lose a lot of market share.
I for example, bought a Sony Tablet so I can play mini-games such as Angry Birds, do light web browsing on my couch, read some books and use the IR Remote Controller app. I do have a Laptop which I use everyday, but if I had a laptop with great horse power such as an Intel I5 processor that can game on steam, have full functionality of MS office, include ports such as VGA, HDMI and USB 3.0, can use touch screen apps such as Angry Birds or Cut the Rope AND is lightweight; then there is no reason why I should buy a tablet(Android, iOS or Windows RT) to be honest...
Yes I will be missing some applications, but hey; I already have an app store with MUCH of developer support that are probably gonna increase the amount of apps
3. TylerGrunter (Posts: 780; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
The issue for Microsoft is that your reasoning can be done the other way around: if I had a tablet with a good office suite, good horse power, includes ports as HDMI (MHL), USB 3.0 and a docking keyboard then I would not need a laptop. :D
The tablet and laptop markets are slowly converging, so right now there is a real fight to see which OEMs and OSs can get the most of the market. Next months will be quite interesting in that regard.
4. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 239; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I agree completely. Your average laptop/pc user does not require high horsepower computers because most of them use it for basic media and web browsing. Basic media not referring to steam and their plethora of games, but basic streaming - netflix, hulu, youtube etc.
5. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
Damn for $199 if it's as powerful as the Nexus 7 this will be a really hard choice for me.
6. Henrik (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)
The Surface has premium materials and premium build quality, and is made entirely out of ultra lightweight magnesium. The Nexus 7 is made out of plastic and has no premium build quality at all. Tough choice? Not really.
9. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
That's true I also hear it's a 10.1" with tegra 3 so I think Surface is better.
7. downphoenix (Posts: 2231; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
This will be undercutting their OEMs too much, who will just end up sticking with Android or experimenting with touchscreen Linux tablets using Ubuntu or similar builds instead.
8. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
They scared but I am glad Microsoft is doing this as it should light a fire under their butts to put out some awesome hardware at great prices. Anything less would be pointless. If your going to do it, do it big.
10. Whodaboss (Posts: 173; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
Count me in as part of the 30%! I hope it's $199. That means I can get both an RT and Pro version! Awesome!!!!