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There is no word yet on U.S. availability

Nearly two months ago, we got a look at “how low they can go” when OEMs install Windows 8.1 with Bing on their tablets. China-based OEM Emdoor showed its vision of a $100 Windows-based tablet at Computex, and now KingSing is looking to join the fray with its $99 W8 tablet.
 
$99 will get you a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor paired with 1GB of RAM, an 8” 1280x800 IPS display, 16GB of storage, an SD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, stereo speakers, 3G connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery (good for up to 8 hours of runtime). However, compromises had to be made to reach such a low price point — front/rear cameras are both limited to 2MP and users will have to make do with only 5-point multi-touch instead of the more customary 10 points of touch.
 
The W8 of course runs Windows 8.1 with Bing, which means that Bing will be your default search engine in Internet Explorer when you take the tablet out of the box. However, you can always change your search provider if you wish.

 
It’s interesting to note that KingSing was able to throw in 3G functionality and still keep the price at $99 — that means that the company could drive prices even further downward with the inclusion of a Wi-Fi-only SKU.
 
According to WinBeta, there is no word on if the W8 will be made available outside of China. However, the arrival of $99 Windows 8.1 tablets in the U.S. is likely to happen sooner rather than later.

Sources: WinBeta, GizmoChina





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