Windows 8 tablets to be priced as high as $999?

Will Windows 8 based tablets be on the pricey side? That's the newest rumor from Digitimes which claims via unnamed sources that Microsoft and processor maker Intel are unwilling to cut the prices on their products down to the level that is currently set for tablet products.

The story claims that if Microsoft and Intel sticks to their guns on Windows 8 and processor prices, tablets that run on both could be priced between $599 and $999. That's well above the current price for most new tablets coming out on the market that use Google's Android operating system. However, those prices are close to what Apple sells the iPad for, especially if you consider the WiFi/3G versions.

The story points out that if Microsoft and Intel do lower the price of their products to make Windows 8 tablets more affordable, it could also hurt the pricing for full PC desktops and laptops.

The truth is that if Windows 8 tablets with Intel-based processors are going to sell, they are also going to have to be priced at a point that will encourage others to buy it. Apple can seemingly get away with pricing the iPad at a premium price but as we have seen, tablets that tried to match the price of the iPad have gone down in flames. Amazon has apparently had much better luck with its Kindle Fire tablet, and its $199 price point, in finding an audience.

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I'm a developer, I'd gladly pay $999 if it has 4GB of RAM, an i5/i7 quad, 500GB HDD, USB, decent touch screen and USB to plug in a big monitor and mouse/keyboard to do some of the heavy work.

Anything more than $500 is too much for a tablet, and definitely not worth it for an ARM tablet without the value of x86 apps. I guess the cost of Flash memory is also driving the prices up, not just the OS and processor pricing.

I have yet to buy any sort of tablet device yet and I'm glad I have not done so yet. I just hope these devices are done properly as it appears that I am waiting for them to be released

$1,000 is too high for a tablet. I wonder what their cheapest priced tablets will be. We already had some amazing announcements on tablets for Android this year that are priced at $250 for a Quad Core beast. We also have a Nook Tablet and a Amazon Fire priced cheaply.

It's going to be interesting when Windows 8 gets out of the gate.

They need to go with AMD. The only reason the tablets are priced quite high because of Intel not bringing down prices. Think about it if they put an i7 in it that would be around £300 + whatever the cost of the screen/case.etc is. However if they put in like a Phenom X6/Bulldozer it would be a lot cheaper. Obviously Microsoft can't do this now as they have a contract/deal with intel, however AMD would have been the better option.

Intel might be faster, but AMD isn't that far behind. Don't belive the benchmarks unless they were done on Linux with a benchmark software that isn't compiled specifically for intel processors. (Look it up, certain benchmarks arent optimised for AMD like they are for Intel...)

Really? People are going to complain about the price and also complain because there will be higher end Tablets available?

So people expect an i7 Windows 8 tablet to be $200? Seriously?

The author of this article is trying to create buzz, or is mentally challenged or both.

The low end WILL NOT bet $599, even in the x86 tablets, WHICH IS SOMEHOW not mentioned in this article that ARM based Windows 8 tablets will be MUCH cheaper.
Why you ask?
1) Windows 7 Tablets are cheaper than $599 already, so Windows 8 will magically make the price go up, even though components will come down and the OS won't cost anymore?
2) ARM Windows 8 Tablet licensing will be far cheaper than Windows 8 x86 OS licensing.
3) The 'as much as' is just crazy wording... There will probably be some with diamonds and gold and cost as much as 10,000 too.

This article is crap, and people complaining about the price are either not thinking for themselves or just want a reason to comment on why they hate Windows. This is just like people complaining about RAM in Vista or Windows 7 and now Android phones need more RAM than Windows 7 computers, and people being 'ok' with it, and never seem to mention that Android needs 512mb-1gb to run well, but bitched about Vista and Windows 7 having the same requirement for a full Object based operating system that is 100x the size and functionality.

As for the comments about going for Android instead, etc... Um, you are being mislead because this is NOT talking about the ARM version of Windows 8 tablets that will directly compete with Android and iPad. This is talking about the Tablets that can run existing Photoshop and will also probably have a 'high end' digitizer that supports touch and stylus input for drawing and graphic artists. (Which is one reason TabletPCs in the past were expensive, because 'touch only' finger painting like the iPad is not high end enough for graphic designers. Go look up Wacom, and see how much just a good screen is.)

Geesh...

This will go down in flames if true. Right now Apple is shifting 12-15 million iPads per quarter at an average of $700 per pad based on storage/3G needs. Obviously the iPad more then fills the consumer demand for video/apps/gaming/educational tool. I don't see why anyone will want a Windows 8 tablet at the same price.

KingCrimson said,
This will go down in flames if true. Right now Apple is shifting 12-15 million iPads per quarter at an average of $700 per pad based on storage/3G needs. Obviously the iPad more then fills the consumer demand for video/apps/gaming/educational tool. I don't see why anyone will want a Windows 8 tablet at the same price.

Because these are the full x86 versions of Windows that will run several MILLION Apps in comparison, like Photoshop and play real high end games, in addition to being a light and tiny tablet.

How you can assert the iPad can 'fill' the consumer demand better, when it has 1/100th the functionality of OS features, hardware features, and existing applications available.

Wow again...

thenetavenger said,

How you can assert the iPad can 'fill' the consumer demand better, when it has 1/100th the functionality of OS features, hardware features, and existing applications available.

Wow again...


Because he's a troll.

IMO too expensive and too late in the game to try and compete versus what is out already and what those that are out, will bring out in the future.

I was holding out on these until pricing was 'seriously' announced... yet they don't seem very serious about being a competitor when you can get something that is half that price that can do it too.

Amodin said,
IMO too expensive and too late in the game to try and compete versus what is out already and what those that are out, will bring out in the future.

I was holding out on these until pricing was 'seriously' announced... yet they don't seem very serious about being a competitor when you can get something that is half that price that can do it too.

But this is NOT the ARM Tablets that compare to Android and iPad, so why are you comparing the prices? The ARM versions of Windows 8 tablets that compete with iPad and Android are targeted to be as cheap as Android devices.

(PS You do realize that iPads and Android tablets are in the $400-800 range right?, so this isn't even 'high' in comparison. The only exceptions are things like Amazon Fire Kindle, that is a lost leader to sell movies and books, which a company like Amazon can ALSO do with Windows 8 Tablets, and sell it cheaper than to generate sales.)

Wow... Not sure to help you out, or wonder why you don't think for yourself and flee.

Melfster said,
Tried to use Android but its too much a toy OS. We need a real OS to do any work

90% of iPads purchased for entertainment, not work. That's about 60 million iPads sold so far, about $18 billion pure cash from those alone.

It's a good price for an x86 based tablet. For $999 I'd not want an ARM Windows 8 Tablet as to me the larger catalogue of x86 based software is worth that price while the ARM version of Windows with a much smaller quantity of software isn't.

people love rumors i heard a rumor from another site saying its 500 to 800 and probably i'll wake up tomorrow with a new rumor saying it might be 200 or 2000

I'm hoping since PCs generally have a wide range of prices from OEM to OEM that somewhere in the mix will be a decently priced one.

I don't find it surprising at all, since some tablets might come with 2-4GB of RAM, an i7 and a decent mobile graphics solution + 3G, $999 for those features seems value for money especially considering that stuffing all of those specs is pretty state-of-the art. And let's not forget that we are getting Windows 8 here...

Enron said,
I want the best Windows 8 tablet money can buy. I also want Steve Ballmer's autograph on it.

I will pass on Ballmer, Bill Gates signature would be a different story though................................... :-)

Of course. There will Windows 8 tablets for a lot of price points. And the price ranges will be much more wide than Android's, because of demand and market size.

farmeunit said,

You can Core i3 laptops for $400. And MS should be able to give this version of Windows to OEMs a lot cheaper due to the fact of the market and money they'll make off it.


They already do via volume licensing / other agreements in place. OEMs do not pay $200 for each copy of Windows they buy.

Joshie said,
Yes, paying double for a product that can do twice as much is...terribly unreasonable.

Twice as much. How do you figure that? Y

ou can already get a convertible Dell 10 for $600 and Win7, anyway. Then you have laptop and tablet.

Wait a sec, what has Microsoft got to do with this? Sure windows may cost between $100-200 retail, but you really think Dell/HP etc are paying that for each copy of Windows they buy? No. They're probably paying like $50 (not 100% accurate since those agreements are usually confidential) and then marking up the price (if at all).

Then not to mention this is an x86 tablet, not the ARM ones. You're pretty much getting a full on laptop neatly packed away into a tablet form factor.

And not to mention why is this being compared to the kindle fire? Amazon can afford to price their products lower than the market because they know they'll make up the cost difference by selling ebooks. Other manufacturers, like Dell / HP etc cannot do this.

/- Razorfold said,
Wait a sec, what has Microsoft got to do with this? Sure windows may cost between $100-200 retail, but you really think Dell/HP etc are paying that for each copy of Windows they buy? No. They're probably paying like $50 (not 100% accurate since those agreements are usually confidential) and then marking up the price (if at all).

Then not to mention this is an x86 tablet, not the ARM ones. You're pretty much getting a full on laptop neatly packed away into a tablet form factor.

And not to mention why is this being compared to the kindle fire? Amazon can afford to price their products lower than the market because they know they'll make up the cost difference by selling ebooks. Other manufacturers, like Dell / HP etc cannot do this.


If it is a laptop why not buy an actual laptop for $400?

De.Bug said,

If it is a laptop why not buy an actual laptop for $400?

Because its easier to pull out a tablet on the bus, for example? Or to use a tablet to take notes in class? There's quite a few scenarios where a tablet is better than a laptop.

And yet again this is only for the x86 tablets. The ARM ones will most likely be cheaper.

/- Razorfold said,
Wait a sec, what has Microsoft got to do with this? Sure windows may cost between $100-200 retail, but you really think Dell/HP etc are paying that for each copy of Windows they buy? No. They're probably paying like $50 (not 100% accurate since those agreements are usually confidential) and then marking up the price (if at all).

Exactly. AFAIK, the price is even lower, about $20 or $30 per OEM license, so even if actual tablets' price is high, it will hardly be Microsoft's fault.

/- Razorfold said,

Because its easier to pull out a tablet on the bus, for example? Or to use a tablet to take notes in class? There's quite a few scenarios where a tablet is better than a laptop.

And yet again this is only for the x86 tablets. The ARM ones will most likely be cheaper.

no, its not easier to take notes with a tablet over a keyboard, i have tried.

I am Reid said,

no, its not easier to take notes with a tablet over a keyboard, i have tried.


Depends. What if your class was say chemistry?

I am Reid said,

no, its not easier to take notes with a tablet over a keyboard, i have tried.

Are you saying that you are more proficient typing that handwriting?
Interesting; I thought that nothing comes more natural than the latter........

I am Reid said,

no, its not easier to take notes with a tablet over a keyboard, i have tried.

In some areas (such are English majors) you may be able to take notes down faster with a keyboard but anything Math related you will be able to use a pen faster.

It's also not always about speed. You remember things you write better than things you type.

W/8 table for $1000? you kidding me right? .. Android baby all the way .. im Looking Forward to buy the ASUS Transformer Prime !!!

Gaara sama said,
W/8 table for $1000? you kidding me right? .. Android baby all the way .. im Looking Forward to buy the ASUS Transformer Prime !!!

Still Windows is Windows all the way.

Gaara sama said,
W/8 table for $1000? you kidding me right? .. Android baby all the way .. im Looking Forward to buy the ASUS Transformer Prime !!!

enjoy your toy. you must have missed the part where it said as high as $1000. a win8 tablet will be a toy and a productive device in one. I won't spend 1k on one either, but I won't hesitate to spend $500 since I'm getting an ipad and laptop in a single device.

Gabe3 said,

enjoy your toy. you must have missed the part where it said as high as $1000. a win8 tablet will be a toy and a productive device in one. I won't spend 1k on one either, but I won't hesitate to spend $500 since I'm getting an ipad and laptop in a single device.

Agreed. Comparing Android to Windows 8 is a joke... We might as well compare a Windows Computer to the software that runs my coffee pot.

Im totally fine with this. With Windows 8 you are not only getting a tablet optimized OS with the Metro Start screen, but you will have the option to use a desktop environment. The way I look at it, you are getting more OS than an Ipad with far less cost of the original tablet PCs which priced around $1800 (my Toshiba Tecra m4)

I see nothing wrong with that price provided we're talking about x64 based tablets. as mulligan2k noted, ARM based tablets should and will be cheaper. It's the difference between a Tablet that's a full on PC and one that's not.

IMHO, this is a non-story.

webdev511 said,
I see nothing wrong with that price provided we're talking about x64 based tablets. as mulligan2k noted, ARM based tablets should and will be cheaper. It's the difference between a Tablet that's a full on PC and one that's not.

IMHO, this is a non-story.

Agreed. And there will be plenty of tablets at different price points and with different hardware features. I think everyone should be able to find something in a budget, and with the features they are looking for.

De.Bug said,
Upcoming headline if true: "Windows 8 Tablets Fail Miserably"

I seriously doubt that. Many, including myself, have been waiting for a Windows based tablet for business purposes. I would get a LOT of use out of a Windows tablet at work whereas my iPad is completely geared towards media consumption/fun.

Shadrack said,

I seriously doubt that. Many, including myself, have been waiting for a Windows based tablet for business purposes. I would get a LOT of use out of a Windows tablet at work whereas my iPad is completely geared towards media consumption/fun.

I'm really not sure why you think a tablet will have any practical business purposes unless you can hook a mouse and keyboard up to it. If that is the case, why not just get a laptop?

De.Bug said,

I'm really not sure why you think a tablet will have any practical business purposes unless you can hook a mouse and keyboard up to it. If that is the case, why not just get a laptop?

Try using a laptop while standing up. I work while on my feet. Right now my workflow is taking notes in my moleskin notebook or filling out a form. I then take those to my desk and move things to the computer. It would be nice if I could just input into a tablet and be done.

Shadrack said,

Try using a laptop while standing up. I work while on my feet. Right now my workflow is taking notes in my moleskin notebook or filling out a form. I then take those to my desk and move things to the computer. It would be nice if I could just input into a tablet and be done.

Have you tried typing on a tablet? It's hard, especially with one hand or when not looking.

De.Bug said,

Have you tried typing on a tablet? It's hard, especially with one hand or when not looking.

De. Bug meet mr. split keyboard: http://www.geek.com/articles/a...yboard-to-the-ipad-2011067/

I can type just fine without looking. There are also pens that will work with tablets, you know. Being able to take a picture and then quickly annotate it on the same device would do wonders for my productivity (I take lots of pictures on the job). Having a Windows based tablet that has MS Office and integrates well with my companies AD so I can easily get to files on the server would be awesome for my job.

I will agree that it isn't the appropriate tool for everyone, but for me i see a lot of usefulness. Sorry to disappoint you.

Shadrack said,

I seriously doubt that. Many, including myself, have been waiting for a Windows based tablet for business purposes. I would get a LOT of use out of a Windows tablet at work whereas my iPad is completely geared towards media consumption/fun.


I agree.
LIttle to none of the software I am required to use at work runs on iPad or Android, with the exception of various possible shell apps, and those have to be able to run as high-level (root?) users with telnet and such.

And ALL of it would be easier to use on a tablet than a laptop as I could stand up and move around much easier.

If someone knows of Sweep and PIM test software under iOS or 'droid AND works with my hardware (Anritsu, and such) please let me know. Even an old UMPC from Sony or OQO would run the software I need, today. Not so, you pads.

max22 said,

I guess either of you haven't seen the Windows 8 tablet demo that clearly shows that they have multiple options for the keyboard. Making it easy to type while standing with a Windows 8 tablet. Watch the video....

Bingo.

Shadrack said,

De. Bug meet mr. split keyboard: http://www.geek.com/articles/a...yboard-to-the-ipad-2011067/

I can type just fine without looking. There are also pens that will work with tablets, you know. Being able to take a picture and then quickly annotate it on the same device would do wonders for my productivity (I take lots of pictures on the job). Having a Windows based tablet that has MS Office and integrates well with my companies AD so I can easily get to files on the server would be awesome for my job.

I will agree that it isn't the appropriate tool for everyone, but for me i see a lot of usefulness. Sorry to disappoint you.


It doesn't disappoint me, it if works for you, great! I'm just stating my perspective.

De.Bug said,

Have you tried typing on a tablet? It's hard, especially with one hand or when not looking.

You also write with a stylus on a tablet. They're incredibly accurate, I take all my calculus notes with my current Windows 7 tablet. Try doing that with a keyboard... doesn't work.


De.Bug said,

I'm really not sure why you think a tablet will have any practical business purposes unless you can hook a mouse and keyboard up to it. If that is the case, why not just get a laptop?

Well, I have been using Tablet PCs since they launched in 2001/2002 and never looked back; my Tablets replaced my laptop without any limitation, actually being more flexible and useful than the a classic portable PC.

De.Bug said,

Have you tried typing on a tablet? It's hard, especially with one hand or when not looking.

Again a Tablet PC, which is a "real' PC, allows you to handwrite your notes and have them turned into block letters by the OS. I can assure you that the OS, especially since Vista, do this very accurately.

De.Bug said,
Upcoming headline if true: "Windows 8 Tablets Fail Miserably"

+1

Absolutely ridiculous pricing!!

Not that I have any intentions what so ever of ever getting one!

cork1958 said,

+1

Absolutely ridiculous pricing!!

Not that I have any intentions what so ever of ever getting one!

No it isn't. These prices are for x86 tablets, not ARM. The best thing about an x86 tablet is that it's also a full blown laptop without a keyboard. So you're completely eliminating the need for a second device thus making these a heck of a lot more affordable than an iPad and an Air combo.

Also, you'll never have an issue with storage space for all of your music or movies on these things. You'll have 128-256GB of memory on them.

pack34 said,

No it isn't. These prices are for x86 tablets, not ARM. The best thing about an x86 tablet is that it's also a full blown laptop without a keyboard.

Actually this is incorrect; Tablet can be both "Slate" or "Convertible" ones; the latter come with a keyboard and I have been using one for the last ten years.........

De.Bug said,

Have you tried typing on a tablet? It's hard, especially with one hand or when not looking.

True. Lucky for us, this is a problem Microsoft seems to plan on addressing...

"As high as".. thats like saying, "Cars to be priced as high as $500,000".

Well of course, new cars can be priced at $10,000, or as high as.... you get my point.

Unless the language in the article changed in the last 4 minutes, it states a range:

The story claims that if Microsoft and Intel sticks to their guns on Windows 8 and processor prices, tablets that run on both could be priced between $599 and $999.
Not a maximum as you have put it.

Shadrack said,
Unless the language in the article changed in the last 4 minutes, it states a range:

Not a maximum as you have put it.

The title is "Windows 8 tablets to be priced as high as $999?"

xendrome said,

The title is "Windows 8 tablets to be priced as high as $999?"

Ever read newspapers? If so do you read just the title or the entire article?

xendrome said,
"As high as".. thats like saying, "Cars to be priced as high as $500,000".

Well of course, new cars can be priced at $10,000, or as high as.... you get my point.

LOL @ your hyperbole. Sure the new cars can be priced at $10,000. If you get Windows 8 on it, it will be priced $10,500. If you get Android on it, it will be $10,000. If you get iOS, it may well be $10,999.

Fritzly said,

Ever read newspapers? If so do you read just the title or the entire article?

Hm... The entire article seems to reaffirm the TITLE... LOL

but the thing is in order to do the regular desktop apps like photoshop, you'd need to go x86.... this would suck to pay that much as I really wanted one of those ;-( I has a sad now.

I think it should be pretty easy.. I am excited for an AMD Z-03 tablet which should probably be around 500 - 700 bucks.. Should be pretty good considering its expected to use around 4.9 watts and play 1080p video.. also with AMD i know it wont be super overpriced..

as i said in the forum thread:

hmm maybe not an issue? if you want a sub $599 tablet get one with the arm-processor (cheaper, but smaller back catalogue for apps), or spend a bit more and get a x86 tablet (costs more but more apps - new and old)