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Windows RT license for tablets to cost an outrageous $85

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Windows RT license for tablets to cost an outrageous $85
Windows RT, the ARM-based version of the Windows operating system is expected to land on tablets this fall, but don’t expect the price to beat the iPad, let alone affordable Android tablets. And the reason is not manufacturers, but Microsoft itself. Theo Valich of VR-Zone asked vendors at Computex Taipei about the license price for the upcoming mobile operating system, and he got an answer that will dispel many of your illusions.

Windows RT licenses will cost the outrageous $80 to $95 to vendors, with $85 being the average most said they pay for implementing Microsoft’s operating system.

“During our meetings with multiple vendors on the Computex Taipei, we were talking about pricing options for taking the Windows RT route instead of (free) Android from Google. While it was rumored that Microsoft decided to change their ways and offer a price of about 35 dollars – the reality is that Windows RT will cost staggering USD$80-95 dollars, with $85 being the most commonly quoted price,” Valich found out.

This is likely to bring prices for the upcoming Windows tablets to more than $500, and actually we find it hard to see how vendors can squeeze the price to more affordable. At launch, Windows RT-based tablets are expected to cost between $549 to $799. Now, as reliable as the source is, we leave just a little shade of doubt, until we get a real-life confirmation.

If true, though, has Microsoft completely gone out of its mind? One possible explanation is that Office will be baked in, but is that an excuse in this day and age? Let us know your thoughts below.

source: VR-Zone via John Gruber

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posted on 13 Jun 2012, 02:56 14

1. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


posted on 13 Jun 2012, 13:28 2

20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Great way to ensure minimal sales of a product - price it out of sight!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 23:08

22. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Why minimal sales? I plan on purchasing one, if Nokia makes one I'm there! It's like this, some people can afford a Lexus, others a Ford. Some can afford a BMW others a Kia. Some can afford a Cadillac others Hyundia. Buy what you can afford. Nothing wrong with a less expensive product if that's what you can afford, but there's absolutley nothing wrong with those who want and can afford luxury. To me it's really that simple. If you believe a Windows 8 tablet is worth it (RT or otherwise) you'll save up for it - if you believe it's not worth it you won't. I'm saving my nickles now... :)

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 02:59 4

2. aaronkatrini (Posts: 242; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)

Ahhh... Life ain't fair! I'm probably going to get the Nexus tablet for that Tegra3-sub250$, but i don't expect all that building quality (even though being made by Asus and not Sammy gives me hope). But a Nokia tablet... oh thats another thing.. I just f* love Nokia build quality, and desing isn't bad too. BUT for that price and on ..Nah, I'll skip.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 03:06 4

3. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

wait im confused.....arm is suppose to be the CHEAP tabs right? or is it the other way?

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 03:07 11

4. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Microsoft is greedy, that's not new.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 03:12 5

5. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

Well, is windows tablet cost so much then that only means ill be sticking to Android tablets!!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 04:00 1

6. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Did Microsoft confirm this?

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 04:09 6

7. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

They are screwed before launch

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 04:16 2

8. Nathan (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

I was routing for Windows 8 until this. I'd rather get a $399.99 iPad 2 or a Nexus Tab.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 23:16

23. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

Then I say you'll get exactly what you want and what you can afford. You're the consumer! I'll save up the additional $200 or $300 bucks to get the device I think will be better than the iPad. I think the Metro style is great! At work people were craving for the iPad after a month they're like wow! Is this it? However, if it's your taste or something else, like I wrote you're the consumer it's all your choice. :)

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 04:20 3

9. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

They're getting greedy and cocky even before it's launch just because there's hype? Oh well, typical Microsoft, look what they did with WP7...

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 05:04 2

10. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

Microsoft will sell 1 billion tablets this year.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 09:51 1

15. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

At these prices, it's more likely they will end up helping Apple sell 1 billion iPads this year.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 05:11 1

11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2288; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

The price for a new refresh OS... I'm willing too pay... i seen a video that shows W8 is very smooth.. besides that. .. I want something different... I have iOS,Android,W7.. :-)

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 09:59

16. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Ok, counting you, it looks like MS has racked up one whole customer. I sure hope they spend your $85 wisely, because they probably won't be getting many more.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 07:04 1

12. mercorp (Posts: 1044; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Stupid Ballmer.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 07:53

13. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

I'll still be getting on running real PC software baby

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 08:09

14. threed61 (Posts: 250; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Smoke some more crack MS.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 10:08 1

17. RomeoJDR (Posts: 244; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)

Im not really buying this report. Microsoft has not become a giaby being stupi. d on either the tech or business side of the isle. You dont come into a party a couple years late and steal the show by expecting people to pay more to adopt a new platform.. They have the knowledge and bank account to take a loss establishing themselves as an superior platform, then start reaping the rewards by charging a premium. It would be like Android or PalmOS coming in a year late and expecting to charge as much as the established iPad. We all know how thats turned out.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 10:53

18. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

It will be a bust. Nobody is liking Windows 8's UI outside of tablets, but given that the tablet version is going to be nerfed in terms of functionality, and is going to cost more than an Ipad or Android tablet, I just dont see this going anyway. Looks like Gates may need to come out of retirement.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 10:56

19. gayasarafe (Posts: 25; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I think it's justified...they are giving you the best of the both worlds: PC and tablets. So I thinks it;s okay

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 18:58

21. RichieRich379 (Posts: 21; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

I think they can get away with charging manufactures $85 a pop as long as those manufactures don't pass the tarrif on to the consumers. Everybody knows window 8 tablets will be a huge sucess; why? Because nobody buys android tablet and those that have don't like it, so there is a big hole for the taking. Now window phone 8 or apollo they need lots of help from manufactures and developers to succeed.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 02:34

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 6722; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

"Because nobody buys android tablet and those that have don't like it"

Voted "Best Phase" Turd 4 Troll award.

I just bought "24" for company use.

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 17:04

24. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)

Lol ill stick with a Samsung Tab 2 10.1

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