Mike Cane has found new Windows 8 tablets that may force me to reevaluate what is too cheap of a price to pay for a tablet.While digging through Chinese gadget sites, he uncovered a couple new tablets which are just now being shown off at the HKTDC.
With prices starting at $65, these tablets are probably too good to be true, but they also represent a new milestone and a new threat to budget Android tablets.
The Emdoor EM-I8170, for example, sports a 7" display with a screen resolution of 1024 x 600. It runs Windows 8.1 on an Intel Bay Trail Z3735G quad-core chip with 1 GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. There's no info on the cameras or other specs, but PadNews does say that this tablet costs 399 yuan, or about $65.
If that cost $35 more it would make for decent price and specs for an Android tablet, but at $65 I would mainly buy one out of curiosity - just to see whether it was any good.
The same goes for the 8" tablet which Ployer is showing off at the fair. This tablet also runs Windows 8.1, only this time on an Intel Bay Trail Z3735F chip. Details are still scarce on this tablet, but one source is saying that it will cost $65.
There's no word on when or even if these tablets will show up in the US, but there is a snowball's chance in hades that we might see them early next year. As I look back over my archive I see that a $99 Windows tablet first showed up in China in July, followed by the first $99 Windows tablet being announced for the US market in late September (from HP, to be exact).
If that trend holds true then we could see a $70 Windows tablet launch in the new year - possibly even at CES 2015.