Android price war drives OEMs to Windows 8 tablets

imageDespite the release of numerous high-specced Android tablets, in the end Android OEMs have had to resort to extremely low prices to even attempt to compete in the tablet market with Android.

This has resulted in the ultimate result of the race to the bottom, devices sold at a loss like the Amazon Kindle, which is expected to lose Amazon $10-$50 per device.

Trying to escape this Dell and HP have turned to Windows 8 tablets, which are expected to support much higher price points. Digitimes reports that the two vendors are expected to release such tablets in Q3 2012 next year.

While Lenovo will continue to try and penetrate business with Android tablets, Windows 8 tablets are expected to slot right into existing PC management infra-structure, making it a much easier sell to CTOs. Additionally a recent survey found 42% of consumers were still waiting for Windows tablets, more than the 27% who wanted an iPad.

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  • Anonymous

    Is that survey reliable???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Matthews/100000189923615 James Matthews

    Since Windows 8 Tablets will actually be real PCs as opposed to souped up PMPs I suspect that the survey is right.  Alot of people, myself included, are looking for something that can actually replace the laptop and/or even the desktop pc.  Windows 8 Slates can/will do that.  iOS and Android tabs?  Not so much.

  • Anonymous

    I really want samsung series 7 slate to install win8

    • Guspope1

      I pre-ordered a Samsung Slate 7 today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leoplan2 Alvaro Osvaldo López-García

    Honestly, I don’t think there will be Win 8 tablets as cheap as the Kindle Fire. I’m thinking this is mere speculation. 

    Also, HP never used Android, and Dell is planning to use Win8 in business tablets, according to DigiTimes

    • Anonymous

      I think, if you read the article, you will see why – Win 8 is not interested in competing on price.

      • http://www.facebook.com/leoplan2 Alvaro Osvaldo López-García

        Of course consumers are interested in low priced tablets ;)

        • Anonymous

          And the sky is blue, while grass is green. Are you an employee of BCG, by any chance?

        • Martyn Metalous

          I am not interested in rubbish cheap tablets, would rather buy something with a decent spec, otherwise waste of money

    • Anonymous

      There won’t be. That’s the point of this report!

  • Anonymous

    It is not the right time to make a right judgement about windows 8 especially, when users are divided about the new platform.

    • Anonymous

      Please!!! If 50% are divided I bet half of that 50% will still get a windows 8 tablet.

  • Martyn Metalous

    I am waiting for a Win 8 Tablet

  • Anonymous

    I’m using an Acer Iconia W500 running Windows 7 Premium right now and it’s AWESOME. I can’t even use a non touch computer anymore because I keep tapping the screen from habit. Once Win8 Beta comes out people are going to realize the money they wasted on Toy Tablets.