Microsoft launched the Windows RT platform along with the public release of Windows 8 operating system last year,with many manufacturers including Microsoft pitching in with their Windows RT tablets like Asus,Lenovo,Dell and Samsung.The Windows RT platform received criticism for its limitations about running Legacy Windows apps and the pricing of the Windows RT tablets.
Now as reported earlier by Computerworld,many manufacturers including,Dell,Lenovo and Asus have started dropping their Windows RT tablet pricing signaling an attempt to clear out the stock due to lower adoption rates of the Windows RT platform due to its limitations.
After the new price cuts the Dell XPS 10 now costs $449 for the 32 GB model while the 64 GB variant costs $499,down from $499 and $599 respectively.Asus VivoTab RT now costs $382 at Amazon( previously priced at $599)with others like BestBuy and Staples selling it for $549.Talking about the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11 is down to $599 from previous price of $799,while Amazon is selling it at a price tag of $499.99.Though there was no price drop for the Surface RT tablet from Microsoft.
According to the analysts the price drop is due to the poor adoption rate of the platform in worldwide market,this might increase the sells of the tablet,but it’s definitely not a good sign for the Windows RT platform.
It’s been a Mixed bag as far as the Windows RT platform goes.Ever since its launch last quarter.Some have praised the device for its Energy efficiency while many have raised questions about its application support with no support for the legacy apps.
There were a few devices from Lenovo,Samsung,Asus,Dell and Microsoft,but none of them revealed the number of sales of the Windows RT devices.
Recently Microsoft CFO Tami Reller was interviewed by Bloomberg.Speaking to Bloomberg Reller indicated that there won’t be any new Windows RT based devices this Spring.She said that Microsoft wants to take time to concentrate on bringing more devices of the existing Windows RT tablets in the market before bringing any New models in market.
Acer who is one of the Windows 8 partners for Microsoft have already delayed their plans for Windows RT devices due to the concerns over the future of the platform.Quite recently Samsung who have released their Ativ Tab based on Windows RT decided not to release this tablet in the United States raising more concerns over the future of Windows RT.So unless we see any Dramatical changes in the sales of the platform we won’t be seeing a new device in near future.
All those who were complaining about the overpriced Windows RT tablet by Asus,there’s a good news for you guys.
Within a few days of the launch Asus has announced a $50 price cut for their VivoTab RT(32GB model),binging the price down to $549! what more ? They are throwing in a free keyboard dock(which costs additional $200).
Consumers can buy the discounted tablet from Amazon
.With this price cut Asus is challenging by far the best selling Microsoft Surface RT tablet which costs at $599 with a bundled touch cover,in addition to that the tablet also has features like NFC and GPS which can’t be seen on the Surface RT.
To claim the free keyboard the consumers will have to join the Asus Membership program,after registering the members will have to upload the pictures of the product serial number and a picture of its purchase label in order to avail this offer.The offer is valid till 31st December 2012.
Checkout the Offer Page for More Details.
While many of us are expecting the pricing of ARM powered tablets running Windows RT operating system to be considerably lesser than Their Windows 8 counterparts,but the manufacturers think otherwise.
Asus who recently revealed its Windows 8 offering with their Range of notebooks with their dual display offering starting from$1299,also revealed the pricing for Windows RT based Vivo Tablet,which is priced at $599, that too without the keyboard dock which would burn a couple of hundred buck more!
The Tablet packs in a Quad Core Tegra 3 chipset along with the 2GB of RAM,on a 10.1″ display with resolution of 1366×768,with 32GB of storage capacity.The tablet is available for preorders over newegg,Staples and other Stores,with Sales starting from 26th October.
if we compare this pricing to the base price of ipad it is still $100 more than that and even when compared with its own Android transformer counterpart which costs $499, raises some doubts about exactly how much does Microsoft charge for the Windows RT license.
It would be interesting to see if Microsoft quotes a smaller pricing range for the Surface RT tablets which are slated for release along with the public release of Windows 8 on26th October,which would eventually give the Surface tablets an upper hand against its brothers.
For those who think two is better than one,Asus has created a Notebook with Dual Touch Screen,running on the latest Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft.
The lower end model of Asus Taichi which features a Core i5 processor a 128GB SSD Will be priced at $1299,while the higher end model of Taichi which sports a core i7 processor with 256GB SSD will cost $1599. both the models would feature a 4GB of RAM.
Asus will be bringing Windows 8 based devices along with the Windows RT based devices running on NVidia Tegra processors.The devices will go on sale along with the public launch of Windows 8.However you can now preorder the devices from various manufacturers including Asus,from Amazon,Newegg,BestBuy and other sites.
We are 2 weeks away from the official public release of Windows 8,but those who want to PreOrder the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft can do so starting from today.
As reported earlier on their Windows 8 blog, Starting from today people can preorder a copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99 for the packaged DVD version.In the united states the offer will be available from Amazon,Bestbuy,Staples,Office Depot,Microsoft Store and many other sources.
If you prefer buying the digital version of the upgrade Via Windows.com via the Windows 8 upgrade assistant With an upgrade price of $39.99.This offer is available upto 31st January 2013.There is also a special upgrade offer of $14.99 upgrade for eligible Windows 7 PC buyers who have bought the hardware from June 2nd upto 31st January 2013.
Those who are eagerly waiting to get their hands on upcoming Windows 8 based hardware can also preorder their devices of their favorite OEM’s like Dell,HP,Acer,Asus,Samsung and Sony.
Source[Windows 8 Blog]
After the Windows 8 public release,we will be seeing an array of Windows 8 and Windows RT based tablets from various hardware partners like Dell,Asus,HP,Acer,Samsung and Microsoft’s own Surface Tablet.Though none of the manufacturers have announced the pricing for the upcoming Windows RT based tablet as of yet.
But recently a leaked roadmap of Asus which is one of the hardware partners for Windows 8/RT products,has hinted at what could be the price range of Windows RT based tablets coming from Asus later this year,with the lowest model costing around $600 to the costliest one at a price of $1299.
Though there is no official word on this and it might very well turn out to be a preliminary Roadmap,but if Asus really sticks to this price range for their products,then it would be curtains for the range of Windows RT offerings from Asus and the others who will follow this price range and then only thing which cold save it is the cheap Surface Tablet from the Software Giant.
A couple of days ago we reported about a recent rumor floating around the web about Microsoft supposedly pricing the Windows RT based Surface Tablet for a $199 price tag for the October 26th launch.Though that is still a rumor,but that’s reason enough for the other manufacturers to start raising concerns about it.
As reported earlier by Digitimes,the other manufacturers who will be bringing their own version of Windows 8 based tablets at the launch,are worried about this rumor and if it turns out to be true,then they will be wiped out from the tablet and notebooks competition.
According to their sources, Microsoft is trying and therefore is trying to achieve at least 30% share in the tablet PC market and a $199 price tag would definitely help them to achieve that goal.They added that,if the rumor turns out to be true,then the manufacturers who have a vested interest in the Windows RT based tablets like Dell,Samsung,Lenovo and Asus will eventually stop making ARM based products and leave that segment to the Software Giant.
Currently there are two tablets in the same price range with Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire,so if the rumor turns out to be true then,it would definitely affect their sales as well as the other Windows RT based tablets sales would be affected .
Windows 8 is just a few months away from the release,where we will also see the release of Various Windows 8 based tablets based on x86 based processors as well as the ARM based processors.
There will be a bunch of hardware partners who will bring their version of Windows 8 based tablets like HP,Dell,Acer,Asus and Samsung.While some of the devices will be based on Intel based processors,we will also see ARM based tablets from many of the manufacturers including the newly announced Surface Tablets.
HP who is one of the partners for Windows 8 tablets has officially confirmed to Bloomberg that initially their version of Windows 8 tablets would only run on Intel based processors.Marlene Somsak, a spokeswoman of Hewlett Packard told them that their first Intel based tablet would focus on the Business Market.
Marlene Wrote in an email,
“The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers. The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.”
Some rumors claim that HP ditched the plans of launching ARM based tablets after the Surface Tablet announcement,but Somsak said that the decision to avoid ARM based tablets initially was made before Microsoft announced their Surface Tablets.Then again the question remains,as Microsoft already stated that the hardware partners were made aware of the product but there wasn’t any mention about when did they actually told the partners about the Surface Tablets.
At the launch we will see at least two of the manufacturers releasing ARM based tablets with Microsoft’s Surface Tablet and Asus launching their version of Windows RT based tablets later this year.
Microsoft’s strategy to get the Kinect out of the living room and into other devices seems to be picking up momentum every day.A few weeks ago at CES, the company announced a desktop version of the Kinect, but it also seems that Microsoft are hard at work integrating the motion-sensing technology into portables.
The Daily had a chance to check out a pair of prototypes incorporating Kinect sensors over the last few days. The devices, which at first glance appear to be Asus netbooks running Windows 8, feature an array of small sensors stretching over the top of the screen where the webcam would normally be. At the bottom of the display is a set of what appear to be LEDs.
A source at Microsoft has confirmed that the devices are indeed official prototypes of laptops featuring a Kinect sensor. In terms of functionality, there are hundreds of different ways that motion control could be leveraged in a portable. Gaming has the most obvious applications, but a Kinect-enabled laptop could also toggle between programs with the wave of a hand, or media controls could be tweaked with the wag of a finger. Also, motion-controlled portables could offer a new way for disabled individuals to interact with their devices.
Microsoft will probably not be making its own portables in-house. Rather, the tech giant will most likely license the Kinect technology to hardware manufacturers, much like it already does with Windows.Innovation in the portable Kinect space will likely not come directly from Microsoft either. The tech giant seems more apt to put the platform in the hands of developers. We will likely see this occur next month, when a public preview of Windows 8 becomes available.