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: Well duh
10/11/2012 3:56:37 PM
I agree that Microsoft is going in a bad direction, but switching to Apple isn't the answer, man. Just buy a couple retail copies of Windows 7 (I have three). You can transfer them when you upgrade to a new computer, and put Linux on the old one, or put Windows 8 back on it and sell it, or whatever.
For what it's worth, though, when Vista came out, I got a PowerBook G4 (the 12" version). I really liked it; it was a great little ultra-portable. But since I bought it, Apple has turned into something that I don't want to have anything to do with, so I went back to Microsoft when Windows 7 came out. Unfortunately, now Microsoft wants to do what Apple does, and they have the market share to drag everyone else kicking and screaming along with them.
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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