Make Way For Affordable Windows Tablets, $100 And Up, Says Microsoft

The 2014 edition of the Computex technology show brought with it a few surprises, but none sweeter than the confirmation that Windows tablet prices are about to get highly affordable.

Thanks to Windows 8.1 with Bing, a $100 Windows powered tablet is now a reality.

And according to Microsoft’s vice president of OEM partners, Nick Parker, smartphones and tablets running the company’s operating platforms are soon to be available at these accessible prices, upwards of $100, under $200 and over.

He confirmed this new strategy, saying:

“We’ll reach price points that are very industry competitive for 7, 8, 10-inch devices. They will really surprise you. Last year, we were in the 3s, 4s, 500 dollars. This year, we’ll be 1s, 2s, 3s.”

Now, obviously, this is good news for the platform as a whole, as it now gets the ability to directly compete with Android on an important front — price. These devices are experiencing some terrific success in developing markets across the globe.

Enthusiasts, however, might still want to stick with display sizes 10 inches and higher.

But as long as the underlying hardware of these budget devices keeps on improving every year, with faster, more efficient processors, both the Windows Phone and Windows platforms are in with a solid chance to gain significant market share in the mobile world.

  • Mary

    I’m not the biggest fan of cheap tablets, however, this is good news. I think it’s a savvy business decision for Microsoft to offer tons of different pricing points for their tablets.

  • Drew J

    Am I the only one who thinks $100 is too cheap? I think it can hurt the windows image. People will think it’s a knockoff version of other tablets. $200 is okay, but $100 is a little ridiculous.

    • Ray C

      I’m not sure I like the idea of $100 tablets either. There has to be some trade-off. There have to be certain things you accept when buying a device under $200

    • WillyThePooh

      Cheap tablets would be for kids to play with. I won’t get it for myself.