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Windows mobile devices to drop below $200

  • Microsoft (MSFT) has declared that it will reduce the prices on its tablets and smartphones this year. Prices on the company's 7, 8, and 10-inch devices are planned to sell at the $100-$300 range instead of the $300-$500 range, and some Windows smartphones will also sell for under $200 in certain markets.
  • The price cuts for the Windows 8 devices come as the company attempts to gain a greater market share in the mobile sector. Currently, Microsoft is battling Google who offers its Android operating system for free to handset and tablet developers.
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  • Shaduc
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    Sounds good as a pricing strategy!
    5 Jun, 06:13 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Here's the first $100 Windows tablet

     

    http://bit.ly/1nSivVP
    5 Jun, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    @techy Excellent, thanks.

     

    This is an excellent move from MSFT.

     

    I was looking for a cheap W8 tablet last month for my five year old. And ended up getting a previous gen Acer Iconia W3 for $200. The specs are good enough, and the kid loves it :)

     

    And if needed, the kid's tablet can be used as a back-up tablet/computer by the adults if our work laptops e.g. need to be sent out say for repairs.

     

    Also, thanks to full x86 W8 OS I have full-blown Symantec security and Family controls available, including the W8 OS level kid account protections.

     

    Just makes sense to me...
    5 Jun, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • rav55
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    If you don't want to use Bay Trail but would rather have a tad more graphic performance:

     

    http://bit.ly/1jzOwdO

     

    This is a 10" Win 8 Tablet designed for the Indian market and it likely will be released in Europe for around 250 Euros. But you can read it for yourself.
    18 Jun, 08:48 PM Reply Like
  • rsbduff@gmail.com
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    Commoditization is underway!

     

    I've been telling (especially lofty Apple enthusiast) that tablets and smart phones are on their way to $89 or lower.......they argue that consumers will pay big numbers for quality.

     

    I saw the same thing...years ago....in memory, storage and add-on boards. Everyone lived in denial....all the way to closings.

     

    Microsoft...at least, recognizes the reality....whereas..Apple is in denial.

     

    RSBDuff
    5 Jun, 08:53 AM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Apple is currently selling and will continue to sell very profitable devices, Mac's, iPad's, iPhones etc...bundled with a ecosystem that is peerless among it's competition. Microsoft by dropping prices will further gut their toothless cast of OEM'S which will leave even more space for Apple to operate. In short business as usual.
    5 Jun, 11:35 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    And how does that 'profitability' translate to 'affordability' and 'value' to the consumers? We have two different target audiences here...

     

    If you want to talk about Apple, how does iPad+MBA combo compare to SP3?
    5 Jun, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • Rudester
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    This announcement is the stupidest thing Microsoft could do. Now, nobody in their right mind will buy a tablet, until the price reduction is in place.
    5 Jun, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • David Muncier
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    So the Surface Pro 2, or equivalent, will drop to 300$ ? I'll believe it when I see it.
    5 Jun, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Here's a Windows tablet for $100

     

    http://bit.ly/1nSivVP
    5 Jun, 11:25 AM Reply Like
  • David Muncier
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    Yup,
    It's been released, whatever that means. Now go try to buy one. We'll see if it ever makes it to Amazon. Right now you can only get a 69$ ARM-powerd Android Emdoor:

     

    http://amzn.to/1xABvdr
    9 Jun, 10:30 PM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    MSFT is a beast. They just keep stumbling, waiting, and progressing along.

     

    Long MSFT
    5 Jun, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    Microsoft as usual is a big beast crapping everywhere in the room, except for one place it needs to be in the toilet
    5 Jun, 11:43 AM Reply Like
  • maybenot
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    DanoX -- yeah, maybe. Except they never seem to end up in the toilet. Odd how that is. :)

     

    Long MSFT
    5 Jun, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Crapple why dont you come out with one product for once, its been 4 years Cook you loser paid $500M stupid idiot
    7 Jun, 02:39 AM Reply Like
  • RLLH
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    I can't wait until the Surface Pro 3 drops to a level I can afford, or at least be willing to pay.
    5 Jun, 12:06 PM Reply Like
  • aphmd
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    You can only give things away for free until you realize that your strategy isn't successful. It's good to know when to quit; or at least, to understand that it's time to choose a different road. A corporation can not just rely on innovative products, it must definitely rely on innovative leadership and strategy.
    5 Jun, 03:48 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    Comments (950) | Send Message
     
    http://on.wsj.com/1k5obn7
    WSJ Nokia XL Review: The $150 Android Phone You Can’t Buy
    7 Jun, 03:39 AM Reply Like
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