$48 Windows 8 Tablet Now Shipping in China

With Microsoft shipping one for $79, Windows tablets are getting pretty damned cheap - and they're going to get cheaper. Mike Cane has uncovered a 7" Windows 8 tablet which is selling in China for 299 yuan, or about $48.

The Ployer MOMO7W is very likely junk by any sensible standard, but that doesn't change the fact that it is cheaper than I imagined would be possible.

$48 Windows 8 Tablet Now Shipping in China e-Reading Hardware Microsoft Windows

The Ployer MOMO7W runs Windows 8.1 on a quad-core 1.33GHz Intel Baytrail CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

It has an HDMI port, a microSD card slot, a camera of unknown resolution, and there is also a single speaker on the back. The 7 inch display has a screen resolution of 1024 × 600, which is fairly typical of the cheapest Android tablets in this size.

According to Mike's source, this tablet is selling in China for 299 yuan. That makes it a heck of a lot cheaper than the HP Stream 7, which can be found in the Microsoft Store for $79.

There's no telling how much the Ployer tablet will cost if it shows up in the US, but I know I wouldn't buy one. Based on Chris Meadows' experiences with the $79 HP Stream 7, I think Windows tablets have hit a minimum threshold for usability. Anything below $99 is IMO too cheaply made to be worthwhile, and from what Chris says the 7" screen frankly isn't very usable.

He thinks that "Windows 8.1 isn’t really a true mobile operating system", but is rather "a desktop operating system, shrunk down and crammed into a tablet form factor, with a mobile app launcher fig leaf on top."

Sure, you can install desktop apps, but they aren't designed to work on a 7" screen, so "it's often hard to tap the right thing with fat fingers". Just about the tablet's only redeeming feature is when a BT keyboard and mouse are attached, making it a mini laptop (and rendering its tablet state null).

If you are looking at a Windows 8 tablet, I'd get one which is 8" or larger.  The 7" form factor just doesn't seem to work.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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