Some Windows 8.1 powered tablets cut in price at the online and physical Microsoft Stores

Some Windows 8.1 powered tablets cut in price at the online and physical Microsoft Stores
Microsoft has been taking a scissor to some of the price tags of the Windows powered tablets it is offering online and in its bricks and mortar stores. Some of the deals will expire after Sunday. For example the 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro, an 8 incher powered by an Intel Atom Z3740D processor, has been reduced to $229 from $299. That's as low as Microsoft goes with the sale.

For $249, you can pick up either the 32GB Lenovo Miix 2 8 (normally $299) or the 32GB Toshiba Encore WT8-A32M (regularly $329). Like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, both of these models feature an 8 inch screen and an Intel Atom Z3740. The latter chip has a single-channel memory controller as opposed to the dual-channels on the Z3740D, which means that the Dell slate can support a higher resolution screen. But all of the 8 inch tablets in Microsoft's stores have a resolution of 1280 x 800. And all of the tablets feature a USB port, 2GB of RAM and are pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

There are some differences. The Dell and Lenovo models support 10 finger multi-touch displays while the Toshiba has a 5 finger multi-touch screen. If
battery life is important to you, the Lenovo tablet will give you 10 hours of it. The Toshiba model has the shortest battery life at 7 hours, but does have an 8MP snapper on back as opposed to the 5MP camera on the other two. Your choice of which one to purchase will depend on the features that are important to you.

If you have a higher budget, the 64GB model of the Dell Venue 8 Pro will run you $299, a $50 haircut from the usual $349 that it is priced at. Or, you can jump all the way to the large-screened tablets. The 64GB Dell 64GB Venue 11 Pro features a 10.8 inch screen and is priced at $499. That works out to a $50 discount. Or, you can save a whopping $201 on the 64GB Samsung ATIV Tab 3, which offers a 10.1 inch display. That slate is priced at $499, down from $700.

Microsoft says that it has limited quantities of the Dell Venue 8 Pro, so if you're interested in that particular tablet, you might want to keep that in mind.


source: MicrosoftStore, InformationWeek via PCMag

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16 Comments

1. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Patiently waiting for Sony Tap 11

6. papss unregistered

I agree sir!

15. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

at $1000 MSRP? no thanks

2. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

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3. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My Profile (top right) -> [Info] tab -> [Edit Info] button next to "Personal" section.

4. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Thank you buddy, done !

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good deals here!!

7. vinaygohil

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

Lumia 2520

8. TTGCEO

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Eww Windows RT.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What's wrong with RT? How is it different from the iPad, and Android tablets?

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Not as good app store, both in quantity and quality. Yes, it has Office, but iOS and Android have Quickoffice. (And if you get iPad, you have iMovie, iPhoto, Garage Band, Keynote etc.) And if you want multi-windows, Samsung has that. But if you don't care about missing apps and you like M$ Metro Style and experience, RT is ok, though there are many great tablets with full Windows 8, for example these listed here.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Only because the app store is smaller... Who cares.. The store is growing, and it's not exactly empty... When was the last time you browsed the store to see just what it has to offer? Sounds like you're just repeating the same old BS that others say... Give me a real reply sometime... Nothing you say ever is significant...

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Also,, these are all Pro tablets.....

9. papss unregistered

That is one sexy tablet

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

do not be shocked if the first Surface Pro remains at a low price because I bet Microsoft's "Surface Pro 3" will be revealed at the Mobile world event near the end of this month. if a person wants a portable backup computer tablet the original "Surface pro #1 is not a bad deal because you would usenit as a back computer that you plug into a wall electrical outlet. Microsoft has and will continue to give Firmware and software updates the Original "Surface Pro. but the surface Pro #2 has better battery life and a 2 position kick stand that makes it more of a Laptop Computer

16. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

You need at least 128GB in a Windows 8 tablet.

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