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  • phands.theheretic5 phands.theheretic5 Sep 19, 2012 12:20 PM Flag

    Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

    wwwDOTtheregisterDOTcoDOTuk/2012/09/18/windows_tablet_sticker_shock/

    No one is ever going to buy a windoze based tablet, even if it was free....never mind these prices.......


    Microsoft has predicted that Windows 8 and Windows RT will usher in a new era of touch-based computing, but if leaked pricing from Asus is anything to go by, customers will have to pay a pretty penny to share in Redmond's vision.

    Although PC makers have been busy readying a range of tablets and laptops with touchscreens in advance of the Windows 8 launch, most have been tight-lipped about pricing. But a slide from an Asus presentation leaked to ZDNet indicates that its upcoming Windows tablets may cost more than most current laptops – and in some cases, much more.

    The slide shows three tablet models: two designed for full Windows 8 and one that runs Windows RT, Microsoft's more limited version of the OS for devices with ARM processors.

    The Windows RT model is called the Vivo Tab RT (TF600T). From a press release issued in August, we knew that it's based on a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, has a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display at 1366x768 resolution, and ships with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. What we didn't know is that those specs will cost $599.

    That's sure to be a tough sale. The buy-in for Apple's most recent iPad is just $499, and older models go for even less. It seems doubtful that many customers would be willing to pay more for a device running a brand-new Microsoft platform when they could go with the product that has already captured nearly 70 per cent of the market.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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