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iBall rolls out an affordable 3G Windows 8.1 mini-tablet, the Slide WQ32

In recent weeks, we've seen a new range of low-cost Windows devices being announced, including the $199 Windows 8.1 EeeBook from ASUS, and a $119 7-inch tablet from Toshiba, the Encore Mini. 

The new Windows Slide WQ32 tablet from Indian brand iBall isn't quite as low-cost as those devices, but it is one of the most affordable Windows tablets to feature integrated 3G connectivity. 

Priced at Rs.16,999 INR (roughly $280 USD), the device also includes: 

  • 8-inch 1280x800px IPS LCD
  • Quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735D 
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB onboard storage (plus microSD support up to 64GB)
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • microHDMI port
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing

The WQ32 also comes with a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription, which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage for a year too.

iBall currently offers a range of Android handsets and tablets, as well as feature phones, but this first step into Windows territory could potentially pave the way for future devices, perhaps including a Windows Phone.

iBall's fellow Indian brands Micromax and XOLO have already launched their first Windows Phones (and the latter has also released a Windows 8.1 tablet), while Karbonn Mobiles is expected to announce three new Windows Phones in the coming months. 

Source: Microsoft News

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