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Right now, there are already plenty of cheap and good Windows 8 tablets, with prices between $200 and $300, but it seems that even cheaper slates are on their way. According to a recent report, a not so popular Chinese company, called Emdoor, could be the first one to release full Windows 8 tablets under $100.
This might seem like an overreach, but shortly after the Build 2014 event, Intel has announced at the IDF conference that they are going to use their low-end Baytrail solution for Windows tablets at the $99 pricetag. Hermann Eul, a top executive at Intel, said Windows tablets could cost only $99 by lining up low-cost processor models up with the removal of Windows licensing costs. He also said that there are already more than 90 tablet designs coming to the market, with prices ranging from below $100 to $500.
Most likely, cheap Windows tablets around the $100 price range will be aimed at emerging markets, such as China or India, and according to Endmoor’s product roadmap, a small known Chinese OEM, the company plans to come with some incredibly cheap Windows 8 tablets. If Google Translate isn’t missing something here, then we could see as early as this summer a $99 Windows 8 tablet with built-in 3G. What’s really hard to believe is that Endmoor says there will be an even cheaper version at only $60.
The purported cheap Windows 8 tablet is said to arrive with a 7-inch screen, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Yes, these are the minimum requirements need to barely sustain the Windows operating system and let you access the Windows Store. It hasn’t been mentioned whether they would be running on Windows 8.1 or Windows RT, but since the system requirements for Windows 8.1 have become so low, it’s no point on going on with Windows RT.
The idea of releasing a free Windows version for smaller tablets coupled with Intel’s dirty cheap low-power kernels might be the winning bet against the rising number of cheap Android tablets. The ability to run desktop apps at such an unbelievably low price will definitely drive consumer pull. And imagine that these cheap tablets come with a USB port or even HDMI, to attach a keyboard, mouse or second display – then it becomes a really interesting proposition to the user.