Now that HP, Toshiba, and other big name companies are offering Windows tablets for under $100, what’s a Chinese electronics company known for producing inexpensive hardware to do?
How about introducing a Windows tablet with better hardware for the same price or less?
The Chuwi Vi8 Windows tablet is heading to China in December, when it’s expected to go on sale for about $82. Odds are that the tablet will cost a little more if you want to pay to have it shipped to the US or Europe.
Chuwi’s new tablet features an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
That gives it more memory and flash storage than most Windows tablets in the $100 club. But like other cheap Windows tablets, the Chuwi Vi8 will run Microsoft’s full Windows 8.1 operating system and come with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal.
Part of the reason Windows tablets are so cheap these days is that Intel has been subsidizing the production of low-cost devices with Intel Atom processors while Microsoft is making Windows software available for free to device makers building phones and tablets with small screens. But some analysts expect Intel to phase out its subsidies in 2015, and if that happens we could see the costs of Windows tablets start to go up.