Dozens of Sub-$300 Windows 8 Tablets Will Arrive Later This Year
Some tablet makers are reportedly developing entry-level tablets with Windows 8, which will be priced under $300. However, the rumor should be taken with a grain of salt, as DigiTimes, has a spotty track record for releasing rumors. At the moment, it’s still unknown whether affordable Windows 8 will be feasible. When people talk about affordable tablets, models with 7” display come to mind and we have yet to find a 8” tablet or larger that’s cheaper than $300. Apparently, when tablet manufacturers want to go cheaper, they make it smaller.
Currently, Microsoft doesn’t list 7-inch as one of the screen sizes for Windows 8, perhaps because it is challenging to fit standard Windows resolution to smaller display. The minimum resolution for Windows 8 is 1024 x 768 pixels or if users want to snap two apps in one screen, 1366 x 768. To date, no low-cost tablet uses this resolution, although the upcoming Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) with 7” display will have 1024 x 600 pixels resolution, which is quite close.
Additionally, perhaps, not many manufacturers are seriously willing to go down to the bottom with the likes of Barnes & Noble, Amazon and perhaps Google. These companies are selling budget tablets at a loss as a way to urge owners to purchase more content, a workable strategy if the tablet is integrated tightly into their ecosystem; something that Samsung, Acer and Lenovo can’t do. Budget sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets are possible, but some later models may be priced higher to allow the addition of more powerful features.