$300 Windows 8 tablets aiming to bring the iPad market share to less than 50% in 2013

$300 Windows 8 tablets aiming to bring the iPad market share to less than 50% in 2013
Besides the battery life boost, one of the reasons Microsoft created Windows RT for running on ARM-based tablets was that the silicon is much cheaper than Intel's offerings.

Now insiders claim that in the low range tablets with Windows 8 in its RT version for ARM processors will cost $300 or even less, with Intel also aiming for a price range with its processors at $300-$1000, depending on the configuration. Microsoft has enlisted HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Toshiba as manufacturers, with Lenovo and Acer particularly keen to build the $300 Windows slates for the vast markets in Asia.

Something tells us Western consumers won't really mind having those affordable slates available to them too, and all in all about 32 Wndows tablets are rumored to land before year-end.

According to Microsoft's own tables issued the other day, Windows RT will have Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint coming standard in their versions for ARM processors on all such tablets. A $300 unit with Windows and Office preinstalled is likely to persuade a lot of users, so Microsoft and Intel have allegedly set an internal goal, sources claim, to bring the iPad market share below 50% next year. With Windows (Phone) 8 and Google leveraging the Motorola acquisition, 2013 is shaping to be the real challenge for Apple's mobile disruption phenomenon.

source: Digitimes

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35 Comments

1. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Haha, microsoft's optimism always provides for a good laugh. Only second to Nokia's CEO's mud-slinging statements towards other OSes. But of course, more competition will always be better, but windows tablets won't change a damn thing. The form factor is the limiting factor, not the OS.

2. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

"Windows tablets won't change a damn thing?" Wow! You sure? You must be from the future.

9. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I do think a lot of ipaq user will go for Windows8 tablets.

12. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I would definitely leave my iPad for Windows tablet if it features traditional desktop feature :)

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you obviously make these statements from the land of fanatic without ever looking at the real picture. windows 8 tablets are going to have desktop compatibility. Real PC software compatibility on the tablet, as well as all the good things that come with a mobile OS. I am personally holding off on a tablet upgrade until I see what windows8 brings for that very reason.

3. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Everyone have a right to dream.

25. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Some Dreams do come true.

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1244; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

32 Windows tablets by the end of the year! Not sure whether that's good or not. Good i guess; more choices. But i can see their predictions coming true about Apple. I can't even tell the difference between the 3 iPads unless they were all next to each other. People don't like buying the same product over and over again; not even the Apple lovers.

34. cls77

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 24, 2012

When you get it right the first time, why change it.

5. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

thanks for putting out price estimates because I'm starting to save now. Sheesh I been waiting to buy a new desktop and laptop now Ill get into tablets oh and phones too.......um how are black friday prices looking???

6. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

people who don't own tablets don't want an iPad and has no faith in Android tablets. When Microsoft releases Windows 8 RT, it will be everywhere with different specs, and hopefully, Nokia will be it's main manufacturer. People would be like "You have a Nokia tablet? That's new. Wait, what is it running? Windows?! I need to get one of those!" and as the main competitor of OS X and Macs, people will flock to this as well. then Android Tablets will be considered the today's Ubuntu or Linux or whatever in that year. I'm actually excited for Windows 8, and I'm willing to trade my Asus Prime for one of those.

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A bit early to celebrate Nokia Windows 8 well deserved victory right?

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

ya all the functions of our beloved OS right on our hands to be played with.

8. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I would get one provided cost is around $300.

10. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Give me a dock to turn it into a monster laptop,and Everyone will buy it.Just like the vaio Z.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u just need a solid keyboard attachment like what Asus did with the transformer. That would be awesome.

11. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

nokia Y U not in the list for RTs

13. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This isn't going to be some watered down windows tablet is it? I want a tablet running FULL WINDOWS 8 like you'd see on a laptop! I'm shortly going to buy a windows 7 tablet, and I won't be looking for anything less after.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Well they are going to be running a preinstalled, lighter version of Windows 8... Windows RT. I am almost certain that it will not be the EXACT same, in a sense of features... But it will not be a separate OS, independent of Windows 8.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

remember, there are 2 versions of tablets coming. The "lower end" ARM tablets that run RT, and the "high end" Intel tablets that are x86 based and can run full windows.

32. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i would like to ask your opinion regarding an ARM Exynos Windows 8 tablet from Sammy. lol

29. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

If you want EVERYTHING that you can get in a laptop, you'd need a x86/Intel based chip. It sacrifices some battery life but makes up for it in performance

14. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Finally materializing... The Windows ecosystem coming to a complete stage. This should only reinforce Windows Phone sales, Xbox sales and even PC sales.

19. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Apollo, Xbox 720, windows 8 desktop and now affordable tablets, why wouldn't you buy one.

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

definitely not buying a 720 if they get rid of used games.

28. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

don't have choice. Sony probably going same route. I think after a game is out a year or so, you can download from Xbox for dirt cheap and brand spankin new. In hate HD dvd or blueray with a passion! Download and saved memory is better and games load faster. No more lost or scrathed DVDs! I've through lots of Xbox DVD games all scratched and gone. I've downloaded RE4 and 5 $20 each and can redowload anytime! Digital memory is the way to go.

20. wizzardtech

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

tablet that is compatible with evrything, has word,excel, powerpoint and work like a PC laptop. this will rock!! not be looking for any tablet after this. bye! bye! ipad's

21. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

word of warning To people who want to buy Windows 8 Tablet Computers is that Only the Intel Cpu and Chipset Windows 8 Tablets will play 90 % or more of Windows 7 and previous Windows business and games and ect programs . you can bet your behind some programmer or group of programmers will write an APP or Apps that will also Enable ARMS CPU chipset Tablets to play 90 % of Windows 7 programs , Games and ect. The most Awesome Windows 8 Tablet Gamers want to see is a Sony made and branded 10.1 inch Intel chipset tablet running Window 8 with the ability to play Sony selected Play station 3 games on it with a special Sony app. Wow what a powerful product a gamer could play Sony games and Microsoft games on it on something portable wow. if Sony was bold enough to work with microsoft to allow this wow Folks I predict gamers and Kids would form lines outside stores to buy this windows 8 Sony tablet the question is does Sony have the couraGE to do IT

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not that simple. i wish it were, but its not. making an app both ARM and x86 compatible is a big programming job unlikely to be done by home hackers. That would have to be done by each individual company. I hope it happens more often than not, but to be sure, just get the x86 version.

23. hamids9898 unregistered

I hate apples tablet but I'd rather have that than a bloody windows job. How frigging ugly is that home page.

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