Microsoft and Intel have been promising dirt cheap Windows tablets… and it looks like they’re on the way. The folks at Mobile Geeks spotted a $100 Windows 8 tablet with a Bay Trail processor at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week.

Meet the Emdoor EM-i8080.

emdoor em-i8080

The tablet features an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid state storage.

Up until recently it was hard to find a Windows tablet with less than 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage… but Microsoft has reduced the disk space and memory requirements. You may not have a ton of space for apps and media on the Emdoor EM-i8080, but you do get a fully functional Windows operating system.

There’s also a microSd card slot for removable storage, a mini HDMI port for external displays, and a micro USB port. The tablet has stereo speakers and an 18.5Whr battery. It weighs about 12.5 ounces.

Emdoor isn’t exactly a household name, and it’s not clear if this tablet will ever actually make it to the United States. But it gives us a good first look at what to expect from other low-cost WIndows tablets.

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15 replies on “Emdoor EM-i8080 is a $100 Windows 8 tablet”

  1. I wonder if any of the manufacturers will offer something like this with double the storage and double the RAM. It would be interesting to see how much the price would go up.

  2. The name reads like a competing forest moon that wasn’t allowed to use the name “Endor”, but if those Ewoks can knock out a decent Windows tablet for a C-note then I say, “OO TEEDEE! GIMME ONE!”

  3. If cheap Windows tablets mean 1GB RAM and 16GB Storage, I think I will pass. I dont think it’s going to be a fluid experience, even for simple web browsing or watching Youtube. Even Android tablets are now coming out with 2-3GB RAM, and Android is a mobile OS while this is full desktop Windows on 1GB RAM.

    1. MS re-optimized W8 with the last update that just got released… So the minimum requirements got halved to just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage…

      It helps especially with the new WIMBoot option that keeps most of the installation in a compressed WIM file and does away with the need for a recovery partition because the WIM file doubles for that too… So the entire installation can fit under 3GB, and still stays around 3GB even with the MS Office Home & Student 2013 included in the WIM file…

      Sure, 2-4GB RAM would be a lot better but for $100 price range it should work just fine as long as you only run one app at a time…

      Oh, and they’re still releasing Android devices with only 1GB, which is what is still fairly normal for the low budget range devices and Android isn’t as well optimized as iOS and so it too experiences issues with less RAM… Especially, if you want to multi-task in any significant way…

  4. So a bit cheaper than the Cube iwork8 but why would you Windows as a tablet OS and why would you want Windows as a PC OS on that screen?
    At least, maybe Google notices already that they need to be more aggressive on the tablet front or M$ and Intel will keep trying to kill everybody else, in any way they can.

    1. This tablet has HDMI out, so you can connect it to an external monitor. So think of it as an ultraportable Windows computer that you can also use as a tablet. And it’s only $100.

  5. Where and how do I get them? I’d like to purchase 100’s for doctors to use at point of care.

    1. This is just one of the first of the “value” edition Windows tablets that Intel promised months ago… Price ranges are for $99 to $129 and we should start seeing others come out in the coming months from the other system makers…

    1. Indeed. Looking at it another way, this is a handheld Windows (not RT) touchscreen computer for just $100. And you can connect it to an HDMI monitor. Wow.

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