And Here Come the Cheap Windows 8 Tablets

Asus' Transformer T100 hybrid starts at $349.

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Intel has been talking for months about how its Bay Trail processors would enable cheaper Windows 8 tablets, and now it’s finally happening.

The company is holding an annual developer conference this week, where Windows 8 and tablets have been a major focus. During the conference, Asus announced the Transformer Book T100, a $349 Windows 8.1 device that serves as both a laptop and a tablet.

The T100 has a 10.1-inch, 1366-by-768 resolution display, and like many other hybrids, its screen portion detaches from the base, letting users switch between tablet and laptop modes. Other specs include 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, microSD, microHDMI and microUSB, with a full-sized USB port on the keyboard dock. A 64 GB version will cost $400.

The price tag along is a drastic change from last year, when not a single Windows 8 tablet sold for less than $500, and most hybrids cost at least $600. But not only is the Transformer Book T100 less expensive, it comes with Intel’s more powerful Bay Trail processor.

Intel claims that Bay Trail will have twice the processing power as last year’s Clover Trail chips, and three times the graphics performance. We’ll have to see how those claims pan out in the real world, of course, but the fact that Bay Trail has been demoed running Team Fortress 2 is a good sign. And battery life isn’t suffering; Asus claims that its tablet will last up to 11 hours on a charge.

Asus’ Transformer Book T100 isn’t the only inexpensive Windows 8 tablet on the way later this year. Over at WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott has a good roundup of other Windows 8 tablets on the way, both rumored and confirmed, and some of them sound promising. Among the highlights: Dell’s unnamed 10-inch tablet, with a 1080p display and Bay Trail processor for $399; Lenovo’s 8-inch Miix 8 tablet for $249; and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2.

None of these tablets spell imminent danger for the iPad or Android tablets–both of which have better catalogs of tablet apps–but the lower prices, along with a wave of beefed-up Windows 8 hybrids, should breathe some life back into Microsoft’s touch computing efforts. The idea of having one machine that serves two computing scenarios is still intriguing, and the hardware is starting to look more practical. It’s going to be an interesting holiday season.

5 comments
MooseElCapitan
MooseElCapitan

author has absolutely no idea what they are talking about. android has a very tiny selection of tablet apps. what they do have is a large catalog of phone apps. most of the apps that run on these "tablets" are not tablet apps, but blown up phone apps.

BGates
BGates

TV with glowing LCD animates the memories as a ghost inside brains. 

Also sounds musics internet & words in the books keep the memories as the ghost from the past. 

Make sure that replays the good things not the past wrong.

jessicamanford10
jessicamanford10

Another new series of Android tablets to  launch this week are powered by Intel's new Z2580 Clover Trail processor -  which offers impressive performance for mid-range devices.

Ramos Technology is one of the better-known China based tablet manufacturers and has teamed-up with Intel to introduce the I-Series with 8", 9" and 10" Android models (starting at $199).... with very competitive pricing and solid features, including high resolution displays.

Intel's new processor with Hyper-Threading technology runs four threads simultaneously and scores extremely well in benchmark testing, compared to other mainstream Quad-core tablets.

The i9 is the first of the series available this week and offers an 8.9-Inch model - which features a 1900x1200 display with Samsung advanced PLS technology.

One of the first sources in the U.S. to feature the new Ramos I-Series, is the site-- Tab l e t S p r i n t

khaledmourad99
khaledmourad99

this is a 75% PC & 25% Tablet because it compatible with Legacy Windows applications and  support all PC accessories and already comes with keyboard-Pad