MegaFone’s entry-level 8 inch Windows 10 tablet costs only $79

by Andrew Wafer
Andrew Wafer
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If you’re searching for a budget Windows 10-powered tablet to use as a backup device, then you might be interested in checking this new carrier-branded handset that promises decent performance with an affordable price tag.

I am talking about the Irbis TW81, a Windows 10 tablet made available by the Russian carrier MegaFon. The device is not something that impresses in terms of specs or features but it’s perfect for entry level users not willing to plunk down too much money on technology.

Due to its limited hardware performance, the MegaFone Irbis TW81 is ideal as a backup device. On the other hand, if you are thinking of using it on a daily basis, you might want to reconsider as the choice of 1GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage will not be enough even for the most basic operations.irbis tw81 front and back

However, for $79 you also get a 4200mAh battery, a micro SD card slot that supports up to 32 more GB, and a SIM slot with 2G and 3G support. The tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.83 GHz and features a 2MP rear-facing camera along with a VGA front-facing shooter. In term of connectivity, it includes the usual Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB 2.0.

Windows 10 will be pre-loaded so you will be able to run and use its default features right of the box. Virtual desktops, Microsoft Edge, OneDrive storage, and Office tools with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote integration will all be available.

In term of looks, the MegaFone Irbis TW81 isn’t spectacular. However, the device is ergonomic: everything seems manufactured with taste and quality, so overall we’ve got a decent looking tablet that weighs only 380 grams.

As a carrier branded device, the Windows 10 powered Irbis TW81 will be made available only in Russia, so we’re not talking about a global release. You can already order the tablet from MegaFone’s official website. The official price listed is RUB 5490 ($79).

With all this in mind, are you thinking of placing an order for one, or would you rather choose a more powerful device instead? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

(And while the tablet’s $79 price tag is the best reason why you should consider it at all, there are certainly alternatives you can also find out by checking out the best Windows 10 tablets to buy in 2016.)