$300 Windows 8 tablets aiming to bring the iPad market share to less than 50% in 2013
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 18, 2012, 5:36 AM
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.
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 6:03 AM 1
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I do think a lot of ipaq user will go for Windows8 tablets.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 8:12 AM 5
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 10:04 AM 6
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 6:38 AM 8
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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???
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 6:43 AM 3
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 6:53 AM 9
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Give me a dock to turn it into a monster laptop,and Everyone will buy it.Just like the vaio Z.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 8:15 AM 3
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 9:09 AM 2
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 9:59 AM 0
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Apollo, Xbox 720, windows 8 desktop and now affordable tablets, why wouldn't you buy one.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 10:30 AM 4
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definitely not buying a 720 if they get rid of used games.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 3:42 PM 1
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 6:01 PM 0
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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
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 1:33 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2012, 2:13 PM 1
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