Cheap Android tablets have got nothing on affordable Windows slates. Particularly as affordable as the Pipo Work W4, from Pipo, a Chinese maker of hardware.
This interesting little piece of technology can be yours for just $81.
And people thought that the Toshiba Encore Mini tablet that brought the price down to $120 was something. Chinese vendors are known to operate within razor thin margins, and this is an important change for the Windows ecosystem.
As reported here, this newly announced Windows 8.1 tablet is set to be the most affordable such device, and while it probably will only go on sale in China for the time being, it might be available via resellers and importers in US and Europe, later down the road.
The name is interesting. Work, to emphasize that this device runs Windows out of the box.
So what do you get in the box? Well, for starters, there is an 8-inch IPS display that runs at 1280 x 800 pixels. A quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail handles processing duties.
Storage comes in at 1GB RAM and 16GB internal.
Throw in WiFi, Bluetooth, two rather unimpressive cameras (2 megapixel back and 0.3 megapixel front), along with a very impressive 4500 mAh battery, and you’ve got yourself a paradox.
But at this price, almost everyone will be willing to try this device, as it also comes with a 1 year free subscription to the cloud based Office 365 Personal.
Still, as long as we can get more such tablets priced under the magical $100 figure, Android is going to feel the heat sooner or later. While the modern Windows platform is steadily going to increase its market share in markets around the world.