Toshiba isn’t the only company developing a 7 inch Windows 8.1 tablet with an Intel Bay Trail processor. Emdoor has one in the pipeline as well… and if Emdoor’s not a familiar name, this is the same company that showed off an 8 inch Windows tablet at Computex that could sell for as little as $100
On paper the Emdoor Miso looks a lot like the 8 inch Emdoor EM-i8080. It’s just a tad smaller.
The Emdoor Miso features a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Z3735G quad-core Bay Trail processor, and up to 6 hours of battery life thanks to an 11.1 Whr battery.
It has just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which should help keep the cost low. While Emdoor hasn’t announced a price for the tablet, expect it to sell for significantly less than any Windows tablets released in 2013 or the first half of 2014.
Despire the low price, the tablet does come with a free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal which means that you can use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps for no extra fee… for a year.
Other features include a micro USB port, microSD card slot, and micro HDMI port. The tablet supports WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as Miracast wireless display, and it has 2MP front and rear cameras. It measures 0.39 inches thick and weighs 14 ounces.
Emdoor plans to begin mass production in August.
Can we have another player in the game beside MS, Apple and google? I’m still rooting for MS to fail in the tablet space.
Who else would be able to play with MS, Apple and Google? There is Amazon as well, but if you are looking for another player with a different OS the only one I can think of that is close to these is Canonical. I haven’t heard much from them recently. Perhaps another Linux distribution can step up, but they need to move faster than they seem to be at the moment. There is also FirefoxOS, but that appears to be going slow as well.
I wouldn’t want Microsoft to fail in the tablet space. I think Windows 8 tablets work very well. I’m not sure about a 7″ tablet though. I’d rather see Apple or Google lose some market share to Windows so that the tablet space doesn’t look like the phone space.
I don’t wish for any company to fail. That’s just bad for the consumer in the long run. It would be nice for another company step in. As jm2c mentioned, Canonical and Mozilla are current but struggling players. There are Samsung with Tizen and Jolla with Sailfish. Those OS’s may end up in tablets too.
Hmmm.. miso, delicious.
If they sell this even cheaper than the 8″ version, I’ll buy one. At this point, it’s cheaper than a digital picture frame, if it can play 720p and has a microHDMI, I have myself a HTPC here.
That’s a very bold move, 1gb of ram for windows 8, let see if it pays off.
I read a while ago the RAM requirements for the newest version for Windows 8 dropped from 2 GB to 1 GB. So it’s not really that bold of a move. At least when it comes to the budget category.
I would still$10-15 more for a 2gb version. I guess 1gb is good enough for a 7″ since you are not going to multi-task much.
I look forward to reading the reviews on these new windows tablets!
It looks like we’re in for an interesting run of low cost windows machines to add to the mix!
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