There is affordable, and then there is dirt cheap. Guess which category these new tablets fall into. Intel recently reiterated its grand plan for filling the store shelves with budget Windows powered tablets.

But while the chip giant is targeting the $99 mark, this is taking things to another level entirely.

A Chinese company that goes by the name of Emdoor (ooh, a bit of a fantasy touch) is pushing things even further. And the price point they are aiming for is enough to surprise everybody. For this company, the abovementioned estimate applies to high-end models.

Yes, you read that right — a $99 tablet is on the premium spectrum for Emdoor.

In a recently released product roadmap, the company wants to create a lineup of low-cost 7, 8 and 10 inch tablets. This lineup is due this summer, and should see a 3G enabled $99 slate. But that’s not even the most interesting part.

The company is also developing WiFi only models, and these will start at just $60.

Sure, these are not premium devices, nowhere near, in fact. Tablets like Microsoft Surface Pro and ThinkPad 10 that make use of full HD displays and the latest processor still hover around the $1,000 mark. And they are the real deal.

But with Microsoft having made Windows free for devices 9 inches and under, such announcements were always on the card. Besides, Redmond has also dropped the system requirements for Windows 8.1 a few notches, so that always helps.

Emdoor is bundling its tablet with a 7-inch display, 1024 by 600 pixel screen, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage — the bare minimum, by any count.

Then again, there are times when the bare minimum sells, as the various Android slates have shown in recent times. At the very least, devices like this will help drive the market share of Windows 8.1.

What do you folks think?

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  1. If you don’t think they will sell, you don’t know people. I’ve worked at two different colleges, and you’d be surprised how many students run out and buy these dirt cheap little tablets from stores and pawn shops. I’ve seen a couple go out and by little XP laptops that are barely bigger than a phablet

    • Unfortunately, you’re right. People will buy this even though they shouldn’t. It’s the same thing as buying a $1 t-shirt from Walmart that’ll rip in a month. Sometimes it’s better to save, especially for electronics.

      • You really do get what you pay for when you go cheap. You get stuff that doesn’t last long or just isn’t quality, just like the t-shirt example. In some instances its ok to go cheap if you know it’s a short-term solution, but you have to spend at least a little money to get quality

  2. Impressive that they’re this cheap, but I hope people don’t expect much from them. These will definitely be lacking in quality I believe.

  3. I know there are people who will buy these, but I don’t get it. You’re better off saving up a little longer to get quality tablet instead of $60 ones.

    • That’s with a lot of things. But most people don’t have th patience or foresight. It’s just like people who go to these rent to own places for stuff they could just save up 3 or 4 months for and end up paying much less in the end

      • Bill Franklin / April 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm /Reply

        Great example. If you have $60 to spend on a crappy tablet, chances are you could save up for a $200 tablet of better quality.

  4. I could foresee a quality tablet for $99 at some point, but it’s impossible to envision a quality tablet for $60. I think they should scrap this. It’ll hurt the brand in the long run.

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