Lenovo is building a $300 Windows RT tablet and $600 full Windows 8 tablet

Lenovo is building a $300 Windows RT tablet and $600 full Windows 8 tablet
No one is quite sure exactly what price Windows 8 tablets will come in at. There have been rumors about Microsoft releasing its RT Surface tablet at just $200, but those don't seem too reliable. Even so, Lenovo is apparently looking to be very competitive with its Windows 8 tablet pricing. 

Lenovo has yet to make anything of note in the tablet market, so the company is betting hard on Windows 8. And, according to David Schmoock, chief of Lenovo’s North America operations, the company is going to be very aggressive in its pricing. Schmoock says that Windows RT tablets, the more limited version of the OS, will be priced between $300 and $400, and the Lenovo tablets running the full Windows 8 experience will be between $600 and $700. 

That's going to make the tablet market much more interesting. Would you rather have an iPad or Asus Transformer Infinity for $500, or a tablet running the full Windows 8 experience for just $100 more? 

source: Bloomberg

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31 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Guess I have to wait the small iPad 1st :p

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

...why? RT is natively more capable than ios, and wouldn't rely on apps to get anything done.

23. wendygarett unregistered

It's a very tough choice to pick tough You do realise how attractive the Apple products are :(

25. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

attractive yes productivity not so much as windows not even near its up to end users choice if they want to be casual user or making laptop kind of tablet

19. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

This is not a smartphone OS stretched to a larger screen like ipad or android tablets. its a desktop OS, this is what tablets should be so you can use productive apps along with time wasting apps.

2. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Just give meh whateva lol

3. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I'll take full windows, please.

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i still think win8 pro will sell more then RT dont know why i get that feeling

5. kornofilo

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

i will take the full windows one, right away!

6. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

This is all good news! I was expecting to pay $500+ for the RT version, but now with a price point between $199 and $400 this is more than I expected. And if the RT versions lives up to the billing I'll be doubling up with the Pro version too.

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Full windows of course, even if i have to save for it

8. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

$300 for a tablet with Office? Hmmm sounds like this holiday season will be a good time to get a tablet.

9. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Really looking forward to the WIN8 tabs. I'm excited about the idea of having my phone, PC, and tablet all intertwined for seamless file transfer and compatability. Also Screw apps, I want to run programs and file share like I do on my PC!

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

wow Folks if Lenovo can pull this off and the software and hardware work well then their Windows tablets have a really good chance to sell well in the Market place while they will not be IPAD killers because the I Pad has such a huge lead in Apps. I predict that in less than 18 months the Windows 8 "RT" should have enough of the apps that count to make it a good useful tablet to own. The thing is for Microsoft to get info about what Apps people like most to have on their smartphone or Tablet and get them available to their Windows smartphones and Windows RT tablets. The tablet computers that are loaded with full Windows "8" can run full Windows PC desktop or Laptop Programs and that ECO system of Programs for them to use is breath taken huge I read that. they can even run some old Windows 95 programs if that is true that is amazing. It looks like window "8" will be the first really good tablet PC operating system. My kudos to Microsoft if they can really pull this thing off

27. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

but if i can run Crysis3 on my win8 tablet probably i can why the hell will i want to play angry birds like game anymore unless for timepass and PCs gets more pro games then moblie apps

11. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Lenovo has provided me with GREAT machines over the years, I have no doubt they shall carry over their craftsmanship to tablets! Very excited!!

20. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Also regarded for the durability of their products. Rough and tough.

12. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Planning to get both the RT and the Pro.

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i dont care bout how many apps iStore has... just give me quality apps HELL YEA WP8! instabuy WP8 tablet

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

wow... ireally cant wait for some RT goodness... now this is a real competition iPad, bunch of androids, Playbook and some windows 8 tablet.... but i hope that win8 tablet is a real killer... then next is iPad, then PlayBook then android 9i really dont like android tablets... sorry) i really wonder if nokia will make tablets too...but they dont have a chip maker companion... since microsoft only allow 3 chips (NVIDIA Tegra, Qualcomm snapdragon, TI OMAP) and those chip makers only allowed to partner with 2 manufacturers (qualcomm - samsung & dell, NVIDIA - Lenovo and ASUS and TI has no partner since Toshiba drop the RT and concentrate to intel variant) i really wonder why Microsoft didnnt allow Sansung Exynos chips to make an RT with that chip.. i mean that chip is awesome.. and samsung should build its win8 tablets around its own technology!!! i also wonder if they will also make 7" tablet... just for comfortability... and 7" is a really good size for kids and students (but since most people on 7" just bought one coz they will just make it as high tech pacifier) and i want nokia to make one!! with the polycarbonate style!!! and it would be awesome.. but i dont think that Win8 RT is suited to the 7"... i like the interface of WP8 more.. and on that size of tablet is a really good choice... but since the surface is rumored to be price same as the cheaply made 7" android tablet... i think making a 7" with same price is not a good choice!

15. DWillyEfect

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Honestly, a 7 inch Windows RT tablet that could be used as a phone, I would buy it.

17. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

but for me... im not really digging the RT or the all win8 (especially the interface for a user that uses a mouse)... i like the interface of WP8 better than win8... and the screen size is only 7" so i think its not really good looking on win8.. so i think WP8 looks better! what discourage me about win8 is that it has a desktop... and i found it ugly...

22. DWillyEfect

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I like Windows 8 for tablets. For Desktop PCs, it's an atrocity that needs to be put to death.

16. anonimust

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

If Windows 8 turns out to be a success, I think the following scenario will play out in the OS wars. Tablets: Windows 8>Ipad>Android 60%->30%->10% Phones: Android>Iphone>Windows Phone 55%->30%->15% Traditional PCs/Laptops: Windows 8>Mac OS X>Chrome OS 85%->14%->1% I don't think we'll see too big of a shift in the mobile phone market because most people are tied into an ecosystem of apps. I know plenty of people who want to jumpship from Iphone to Android, but they don't because they've spent a ton of money on apps from the app store and don't want to buy them all over again. Likewise as great as Windows Phone 8 may turn out to be, I don't think users want to abandon their apps they've accumulated and start over with a Windows Phone. Tablets on the other hand are a different story. People who bought an Ipad may still end up purchasing a Windows 8 tablet as their next purchase in lieu of a new laptop or pc. If Microsoft really wants to win the tablet wars they need to come up with brilliant marketing. Here are my ideas: 1. Remember the iDon't/Droid Does commercials from Verizon? Microsoft needs to do something similar comparing Windows 8 to IOS highlighting everything you can do with Surface that you can't do with an Ipad. Ican't vs iCan. 2. Remember the I'm a PC/I'm a Mac commercials? Microsoft needs to do something similar comparing how with surface you have built in kickstand, VaporMg finish, Full USB, and Touch/Type Cover all in a nice slender package vs the Ipad which becomes ugly and bulky when you add leather cover/stand, separate keyboard, and no USB support. Not to mention price of Ipad after you add all those peripherals. 3. Windows 8 driver support + USB means its a piece of cake to use any accessories you use for your PC on a tablet. First thing that comes to mind for me is printer. With Ipad its not easy to set up any printer unless it supports Apple Airplay. Point is Microsoft needs to show the consumer what makes the Surface or any Windows 8 tablet superior to the Ipad if it wants to break Apple's 70% marketshare. Simply offering a lower price is not enough, if it were Android tablets would have already beaten the Ipad.

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

kinda agree with you!!! they need something to beat the iPad... chrome OS will never be as good as the mac or windows....(but i think win8 on a dsktop pc/loptop will flop...the interface isnt really good and its not made for those who are using mouse in navigating!) ubuntu should be in that list not chrome unless if google will really decide to merge chrome OS with android... and i think you need to put some market shares to BlackBerry 10 too!! RIM is still alive (maybe not in US but in asia,south amerca, africa) and BB10 has a promise that the iOS 6 doesnt have!!! but anyway... i think people will still hold on to iPad coz all the apps they need is in there!!! what scares the people buying the win8/WP8 devices is that SOFTWARE UPDATES!!! just look WinMo6/6.5 cant be upgraded to WP7/7.5 coz they are incompatible and the apps dev need to start again from scraches...now that WP7/7.5 has a little market but MSFT announce WP8 and later they said they wont upgrade WP7 device to WP8..so if microsoft announce next year WP9 with new features and then if they will again not upgrade WP8 to WP9 they will lost people's trust of buying again there product! MSFT should stop doing that.... Blackberry 7 devices wont be upgrade to BB10 coz ther are incompatible.. its base on a new OS... android smartphones updates are delay coz of its carriers... and these are acceptable errors coz they have at least making effort of the update.. but what microsoft did to win mo to win phone and WP7 to WP8 is not acceptable...2 in a row and just think what if WP9 has features that are not compatible to WP8 hardware...it wont be updated again... devs need to sart from scraches again

21. anonimust

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Agree with some of your points, but I think Windows Phone 8 will take most of Blackberry's market share. Blackberry really stands out in the enterprise market, and having the same kernel (Windows 8 core) across all devices makes porting and compatibility very easy between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. As such, I see many IT departments transitioning to Windows Phone because they will see the value and simplicity of using it when they can have a similar interface and experience on both the desktop, the tablet, and the mobile device. One app on their business users tablet, and then an easy port to create the same app on the phone is very compelling vs making an app for Windows 8 tablets and then making one for Blackberry. I don't think Microsoft will make the mistake of incompatibility of legacy apps again like they did with WinMo to WinPhone. Yes Windows Phone 7s won't be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, but the apps from Windows Phone 7 WILL work on Windows Phone 8, so no big deal there. Most people upgrade there phones whenever they are eligible for an upgrade, so I don't think Windows Phone 7s not being upgradeable is a big deal since the apps will still work. So the devs don't have to start over, all their existing apps will continue to work.

24. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

agree most of the part. 1)WP8 and win8 shares same kernel its true so devs wont break a sweat when porting apps to WP8 to win8 or vice versa.. but the new BB10 is also base to the QNX platform where the PlayBook is base... so i think BB10 and PlayBook OS shares same kernel so i am thinking it will be easy for devs to port their apps to BB10 to Playbook and vice versa.. so i think WP8 and BB10 are on the same level but WP8 will have advantage coz it has nokia and microsoft has a deep cash and RIM doesnt have that.. but good descision by RIM to make a 7" and later a 10.1" tablet coz these are the needs for a tablet size... but Microsoft also need to do that.. i was thinking of making WP8 as the OS to 7" coz its interface is really good on that size instead of win8.. win8 should stick to 10" size of tablets... 2) yes WP8 can run wP7 apps but WP7 device cant run apps that devs make for WP8, what if instagram, temple run etc are now available to WP8? users who bought WP7 devices aren't gonna be happy about that.. unlike on android, even instagram was just made available this year, but they support version's 2.1 (its the minimum requirement to install instagram if im not mistaken) but since WP7 kernel is different to WP8, so if instagram was made available to WP8, devs dont have time to develop its apps to an OS that is dead..and users on WP7 doesnt get the love of that app.. but i wish that Microsoft wont do that again... there are acually a lot of people having a doubt buying a WP device since it might not be supported again..even it will support all the people love on a device like BT sharing, expandable memory they still have a doubt

28. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft manufacturing Personnel please consider making a Windows RT or full Windows 8- "8 inch screen size" mini tablet instead of a "7" because you give your customers 20 percent more screen viewing area and newsstand magazine's fonts are seen at 90 to 100 percent their normal when reading them in the land scape mode on an 8 inch tablet. the screen size is 4 inches by 7 inches and the aspect ratio is 99 percent 16 by 9 HDTV. 7 inch Tablet 16 by 9's have a smaller screen and give more EYE strain to the viewer.

29. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm definitely getting the whole Windows Experience.

30. faizyab

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

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