At $100, this Windows 8.1 tablet is going head-to-head with Android

Microsoft has been on a crusade to fight Android at the low-end of the market segment with cheaper Windows devices. They made this possible by offering up Windows for free on devices smaller than 9 inches and also Windows 8.1 with Bing as well.. 

A new Windows 8.1 tablet has been announced at Computex and it will have a price point of $100. The device, built by Emdoor, has a quad-core Intel Z3735E ATOM processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and an 8in 1280x800 IPS display. We are quite pleased to see an IPS display in a tablet at this price point, and even an Intel CPU under the hood makes us suspect this device may not be a dog in the performance department.

One issue with the device is that there is roughly 8 gigs of free storage out of the box and that's because it's running the full version of Windows 8.1. But, for $100, that's about what you should expect, as this device meets the minimums for running Windows 8.1.

For Microsoft, this is a big play for the company as it looks to move into the super-low end tablet market and compete with Android who has been the only OS at these price points for many years. Intel, naturally, gets a win here as well as its chips make these types of low price devices possible too.

One area where Microsoft needs to be cautious is that if these devices offer a poor user experience, it could turn off users to Windows 8.1 as they will equate these cheap devices performance back to Microsoft. While we know its the hardware that will slow down the device, the poor performance will still reflect, from a user perspective, on Microsoft.

But, at $100, what can you expect? The device seems surprisingly well-rounded for such a cheap tablet and we will be curious to see if these types of tablets will significantly boost Windows 8.1 adoption rate among consumers.

Via: MobileGeeks

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HawkMan said,

This tablet has more software available to install than android and iOS combined

Really? And what centralised and seamless built-in store provides this wealth of applications at a tap of the finger?

HawkMan said,

add in bluestacks and it has all the android software as well...

LOL. Let's all install half-arsed emulators that don't run the Play Store and all its apps shall we? What could be more seamless than that..

simplezz said,

Really? And what centralised and seamless built-in store provides this wealth of applications at a tap of the finger?

That argument wasn't in your claim. But windows has without a doubt more software available than iOS and Android together. and there's several donwload sites providing downloads in a nice centralized repository.


LOL. Let's all install half-arsed emulators that don't run the Play Store and all its apps shall we? What could be more seamless than that..

Again you're adding stipulations to your claims. also it's not a half assed emulator, not anymore than the dev tools the developers use. it runs the apps just fine and as if natively, heck since they're kind of JIT they're practically native anyway.

personally I have no need for the 50 million fart apps and bad copy apps on the android marketplace. I have enough apps available on the WP And Windows store.

HawkMan said,

That argument wasn't in your claim. But windows has without a doubt more software available than iOS and Android together. and there's several donwload sites providing downloads in a nice centralized repository.

Right. Let's go download some nice touch-friendly desktop apps from random websites shall we? Well that's if we can find the ones we're looking for. And while we're at it, let's pray that it's not loaded with malware..

You don't seem to understand that legacy Windows desktop applications are irrelevant on ultra mobile devices do you? And Metro, well, the less said about that and its non-existent app ecosystem the better.

HawkMan said,

Again you're adding stipulations to your claims.

For a Windows tablet to go head-to-head as this article describes it, the app ecosystem has to be malware free and seamlessly integrated into the the system. Windows desktop apps offer neither. They're clunky to use with touch, disparate, inconsistent, malware and virus infested, hard to find or expensive, and lacking the quality of Android and iOS.

Good luck with those legacy desktop apps on modern touch devices. Even Microsoft recognises it's not competitive or else it wouldn't have created Metro and its app store to begin with. So no, a disconnected and seamful desktop app experience can't compete with Google's and Apple's environments.

HawkMan said,

also it's not a half assed emulator, not anymore than the dev tools the developers use.

Yes it is, and the dev tools aren't meant for a good basic user experience, they're meant for software development and debugging purposes.

It's an emulator because it simulates an ARM environment. Emulators like Bluestacks are similar to WINE running Windows desktop apps on Linux. It might be good for a few apps, but it's not something you want to use long term. That's why Bluestacks isn't popular. And don't forget, many apps require the GMS API's, something Bluestacks can't provide. Nor can it supply Google apps or the Playstore. It's no different to using a third party chinese app store. Poor compatibility, small number of apps, bad performance, and a non-seamless experience.

HawkMan said,

it runs the apps just fine and as if natively, heck since they're kind of JIT they're practically native anyway.

It's virtualising an ARM environment so performance will always be inferior. Then there's the thorny issue of executing non-java native code.

HawkMan said,

I have enough apps available on the WP And Windows store.

It's a shame the most popular and important ones will always be outdated or entirely missing isn't it? Even after Microsoft spent millions bribing developers.

Edited by simplezz, Jun 5 2014, 1:54pm :

simplezz said,

It's a shame the most popular and important ones will always be outdated or entirely missing isn't it? Even after Microsoft spent millions bribing developers.

So let's ignore all the other BS you sprouted which stems mostly from irrational metro hate.

A nebulous claim as a response to a direct statement, you can't even name any examples. Again I and 99% of users have all the apps we need! and updated in hype windows App Store.

So with that, I can only conclude that what you're doing is merely trolling you have yet to give a single factual, proven statement with an actual example.

And android users complaining about the possibility of malware on a windows tablet because it can be used for actual productivity... Cute.

I have news for you, BlueStacks (the most popular emulator for Windows) DOES run the Play Store - and why wouldn't it, since it emulates a tablet? In fact, BlueStacks has been quite capable of running the Play Store since the code moved to ICS. Or, if you truly NEED KitKat, you can actually run KitKat either in multiboot or a VM - this is something that any PC running Windows 8 (and most running 7) can do easily - it's no harder than running a Linux distribution. What it REALLY is about is caging Windows.

PGHammer said,
I have news for you, BlueStacks (the most popular emulator for Windows) DOES run the Play Store - and why wouldn't it, since it emulates a tablet?

Who wants to run some slow hacky emulator when they can get the real thing far cheaper than Windows anyway?

PGHammer said,

In fact, BlueStacks has been quite capable of running the Play Store since the code moved to ICS.

Good luck with that. 1. It's not legal. 2. Who knows how long it will work for before an update breaks it. 3. You'd have to side load it in the first place. Sorry, but I prefer the real thing, not a poor emulation.

PGHammer said,

What it REALLY is about is caging Windows.

I hardly ever use Windows these days anyway. GNU/Linux fulfils my professional needs, and Android my mobile / life needs. There's absolutely nothing that Windows can offer me that I don't already have and more.

Wow, you're like a parrot repeating yourself with no substance.

In the meantime, I just installed bluestacks on my win 8 tablet. And even though it has a well filled app store of its own I opened the included play store, installed them, and guess what, I played them just fine no lag, no tackiness, no slowness. So basically the complete opposite of your baseless claims.

Now let me see an android tablet that runs all the windows applications... no?...

HawkMan said,

Now let me see an android tablet that runs all the windows applications... no?...

Windows and its legacy desktop applications are irrelevant in the ultra mobile world of today. Even Microsoft sees that given its relegation of the desktop to just another tile app in the startscreen.

Umm yeah, no. Photoshop and Lightroom for example, having a tablet with those, with them, is awesome for a photographer.

Haven't you noticed, MS is not abandoning the desktop.

HawkMan said,
Umm yeah, no. Photoshop and Lightroom for example, having a tablet with those, with them, is awesome for a photographer.
Haven't you noticed, MS is not abandoning the desktop.

Those are niche/adhoc activities. 99% of users don't use devices that way.

Because they can't, and that was just one example.

But you again keep changing the parameters. As it is a windows tablet is a far more powerful and useful device than an android, and it can do everything android can do.

HawkMan said,
Because they can't, and that was just one example.

Android and iOS aren't targeting tiny niche markets. There's always GNU/Linux distros and OS X for those adhoc activities.

And as the sales numbers prove, no one cares about Microsoft Office except perhaps some stuffy out-of-touch corporate IT people who rely on the Microsoft software gravy train for their employment. The rest couldn't care because 1. Most people don't do office work on tablets/phones and 2. There's a plethora of free office suites available on both major platforms already.

HawkMan said,

But you again keep changing the parameters. As it is a windows tablet is a far more powerful and useful device than an android, and it can do everything android can do.

The only parameter as you call it is the title of the article - Windows 8.1 going head to head with Android. To do that it must at a minimum equal Android's features, performance, customisability, device support, ecosystem, cross platform support. It doesn't even meet that specification or parameter, let alone surpass it. So the notion that users will warm up to Windows 8.1 on mobile simply because of expensive and redundant legacy desktop applications that barely work with touch interfaces is preposterous.

Wow... after your ridiculous 99% claim you pulled out of thin air, I didn't think you get more unserious and ridiculous on your made up claims, but you did congrats. Now I'm done arguing with kids who don't have any real world connector.

There is a lot more to a tablet than just the cpu. Such as the battery, which usually is the number one thing they skimp on. Pretty much always, the el-cheapo tablets have a very short battery life, and are prone to having many defects causing them to not last long.

Personally I much prefer Windows 8 on a desktop than I do on a tablet. After having tried a Windows 8 tablet, I find all the swiping from all four sides, and every other direction, very annoying and tiring. A mouse is so much more efficient.

jd100 said,
Built by "Emdoor"... that speaks for itself. Some no name chinese company most likely.

No name chinese company?, but.... but... but the company is called Emdoor ;-)

I would buy this just to have a touch based device with Windows 8 so I can actually utilize the Start Screen.

For 100.00 I'd buy a windows tablet.

So windows tablet market share will come from cheap low end devices, interesting, it is a huge market. Interesting too that it will mirror what is happening with Windows Phone.

Considering you get what you pay for I wonder what they will skimp on? I wonder what the user experience will be like, I wonder what battery life will be like? I wonder what these cheap devices will do for the Windows brand? It looks like the NetBook all over again.

Asus Nexus 7 32 GB, $145 in Amazon, $228 locally (somewhere outside USA)

Well, going to expect a more than 50% price increase when this tablet finally arrived here.

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