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?