Analyst: Windows 8 Tablet Pricing Is Too High
October 11, 2012 9:08 AM
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Are Windows 8 tablets an expensive bag of fail?
We all know that Microsoft, and its partners are going to be pushing Windows 8 heavily for tablets. The
Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far
have some interesting features, but are also saddled with expensive prices. Bob O'Donnell, an analyst from the research firm IDC, thinks that Windows 8 tablets are simply too expensive.
O'Donnell doesn't believe the traditional PC pricing on Windows 8 tablets bodes well for the new hybrid devices. The Windows 8 tablets we've seen so far from Acer and Lenovo that are able to convert between tablet and laptop use come in at a price between $499 and $1099 depending on options.
Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 13 starts at $1,099
"The problem is these things are priced way too high. Look at the history of tablet products priced above the iPad. Not pretty," O'Donnell told
Computer manufacturers are hoping that consumers will see the value in Windows 8 tablets that are promising better productivity thanks to keyboards and the Windows operating system that tablets such as the iPad can't offer.
The analyst believes that the
Microsoft Surface tablet
won't undercut the pricing of Apple’s iPad. O'Donnell says that he expects the RT version of the Surface tablet to sell for $599 and the Intel-powered version to sell for $999.
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RE: MSRP Prices...
10/11/2012 10:22:39 AM
It's worth a bit extra, but not that much as legacy apps won't run well on a tablet (designed for mouse/keyboard) and new windows 8 apps (e.g. office) are mostly available on the cheap ARM tablets anyway.
For $1k I'd get a laptop and an ARM tablet. Imo even $400 is a tough sell for a tablet since it's not an ipad and the google nexus is all most tablet users need and it's only $250.
RE: MSRP Prices...
10/11/2012 10:50:09 AM
agree on the mouse keyboard part - accessories practicality will be the end result but how much different can a kb and mouse get.
i guess there just is a niche market of people who have wanted the portability of an true iPad-like tablet...that runs x86.
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