Meet Emdoor-I8080, World’s First $100 Windows Tablet

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When Microsoft announced that they will be giving away Windows OS for free to OEMs developing devices with less than 9-inches, we realized that they are serious about getting tablet market share. Microsoft aimed to decrease the Windows tablet price by removing the Windows licensing for OEMs. At COMPUTEX, a Chinese OEM called Emdoor has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100! Yes, $100 for a full Windows tablet. Here is the spec of the device,

  • 8-inch display
  • 1280 x 800 IPS technology
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • Intel’s 1.33GHz – 1.8GHz Bay Trail SoC(Intel Atom Z3735G)
  •  A microSD slot, Micro USB and Mini HDMI
  • Stereo speakers,
  • Camera
  • 18.5Wh battery
  • Weight – 355 gms.

Emdoor Em-i8080 Windows tablet

Great start from Intel and Microsoft to bring down the costs of Windows tablets. Hopefully, more OEMS will join the race.

Source: MobileGeeks



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  • counterblow

    this is going to be awful..

    • Bugbog

      How? It has the [almost?] the exact same specs as those same tablets we are paying $200 – $350 for!

      The only question I would really dwell on is what is the build quality/quality of the components.

      • Zicoz

        The biggest issue is the 16GB of Storage. Hopefully Microsoft has done some tweaking to make the Bing edition have a smaller footprint.

        • Bugbog

          If you watched the video you’ll see that Microsoft have reduced the base footprint to 8GB, so there is 8+GB left for basic usage out of the box.

          • Scott McBurney

            and you can add a cheap microsd card for storage if you need it, or use skydrive like most people will do.

          • Zicoz

            Yeah, a MicroSD card is a must I think. Skydrive doesn’t really help when it comes to things like apps, movies etc.

          • counterblow

            you CAN’T install apps to microSD and some apps approach a gig in size!

          • Scott McBurney

            Good point, currently you cannot install apps on an sd card. I wonder if that is somehow going to be addressed in a future Windows update.

          • counterblow

            sd cards are too unreliable and vary from company to company to be able to guarantee transfer rates. Microsoft has stupidly supported this in WP8.1 but tell you it must be a Class 6 card or better. Well let me tell you not all Class 6 cards are created equal! And these things are too easy to counterfeit by the Chinese.

          • Zicoz

            Actually, the footprint is only about 6GB, the available partition is 8GB, so you have about 2GB free out of the box. The last 8 GB is probably in hidden partitions for backup as well as the windows image file that the OS is loading from. So a microSD card is a must.

          • Bobby Edwards

            You end up as the end user with over 10Gb of storage free, this per Microsoft when they first said this would be available to the OEMs. The secret is there is no 8GB put aside for a copy of the disk, the OS is only installed in an uncompressed way enough o get you up and running with a core of windows, the rest is left in the compressed format and read as needed. They have a name for it, but I can’t remember what they are calling it to run and load this way. Anyway you end up with almost the same amount of free space as some 32Gb devices ship with.
            Remember you have no idea what is installed on the device in the video, it may VS2013 just to show it works, and full Office 2013 too.

          • Zicoz

            The video shows that the C: partition is about 8GB With about 2GB free.

          • counterblow

            so basically you are giving up a safety net to quickly restore from if your machine gets hosed. No thanks.

          • Emacho

            @counterblow, the system is still perfectly able to carry out a quick system restore if something goes wrong. The system files are read only, so they never change and serve as both the restore and main system files.

            I think you are doing a lot of complaining without really knowing how it works.

          • Patrick

            WIMboot.
            I did this on my 64GB Acer W700 and yes it works. In a nutshell, the C:Windows partition now consists of very small files that’s pointing to the recovery partition. This works similar to Android, where the /system partition is read-only. To the user, this is exactly the same. And the reason why Windows wasn’t built that way is because it doesn’t work with traditional HDD, especially when capacity is cheaper than seek time in a traditional HDD.

        • NGM123

          It’s $100 FFS, its x86 and it comes with an additional SD card slot if U want additional storage, this is a game changer at $100 and is kicking google fair in the nuts at the same time, this is nothing but great news.

          • Bugbog

            People should consider this the “4GB” of the Android World!

        • Patrick

          Theoretically, it would have something close to 10 GB of free space. With 16 GB, we would have an approximately 14 GB of formatted space, now with WIMboot, we could have merged the recovery partition and Windows folder into one partition, which is about 3 GB for 64-bit Windows.
          I know because I have applied WIMboot to my 64 GB Acer W700, and I gained about 10 GB more free space from it.

    • NGM123

      For $100 are you kidding?! Couldn’t be any worse than the current crop of shitdroid products at the same price but I bet it will be a shit load smoother in operation. Never mind that this will be a god send to the millions of less fortunate than you your royal highness. Seriously, what the fuck do you expect for $100, there is just no pleasing some jerk offs.

  • DTM

    This is friggen AWESOME!!! I will be first in line!! Ultra-portable real windows device!!

  • Tirinti

    OK it is cheap.
    But with 16GB SSD it is useless.
    And it could became popular and theier users will tell that Windows 8 is crap like they said about Windows Vista because they bought cheap PCs with not enough RAM.
    64GB should be mandatory for W8 tablets.

    • Zicoz

      It has a MicroSD slot.

      • Tirinti

        SD is good for data not to install applications.

        • Zicoz

          It is not as good as the bult in Storage, but a good SDcard can be ok.

        • Bobby Edwards

          Really, install you WP8.1 apps to an SD card, and they run just fine.

        • Patrick

          yeah, but you have approximately 10 GB space for apps once you install the SD card since you can move all data to the SD

      • NGM123

        Get your head out of your ass, 32GB for $20 delivered to your door is NOT expensive for storage, what is it with all the negative comments here. Everyone moans and bitches that MS is never aggressive enough, not taking the fight to google, the minute they pull on the gloves everyone is whinging, what a bunch of sad sacs.

        • Zicoz

          Why the fuck are you attacking me? All I did was to explain that’s they need to limit the storage to reach the $100 price point. Also, the Storage they are putting in these devices are not comparable to the 32GB you can get for $20.

          • NGM123

            Sorry dude, replied to the wrong comment…..I did add that at the end

    • RichFrantz

      OneDrive. Get it. Use it. Love it.

      • Tirinti

        It doesn’t work offline and this tablet doesn’t have a modem.
        By the way it is usless outdor, and indor its better to have something larger.

        • NGM123

          Fuck off and go play with your nexus POS

        • Bobby Edwards

          You must be one of those born to be unhappy people, did they take your diaper too soon.
          What is the user of a $100 tablet doing that lets 10GB of space with no Wi-Fi outside is useless? They are not buying this to run Boeing on, maybe surf the net, and a small amount of real work now and then.
          BTW since it has USB, and is full Windows 8.1 there would be nothing to prevent the user from buying a 4G net access stick from T-Mobile or Verizon, and sticking than in to get access anywhere.

    • donzebe

      Most $100 Android tablets out there have only 4 or 8 GB of storage.

      • Tirinti

        They are usseless as well.

        • NGM123

          So are you sad sac

    • Bobby Edwards

      With 10 – 12 Gb free for the user, and any user having at least 7GB in cloud storage 16Gb is more than enough. Add a Micro SD card with all your music or e-books or what ever, and this is plenty for most people. Vista was a long time ago, the world has changed since then.

  • LPHeadstrong

    Not sure if I missed something but its this running RT or full blown Windows? To be fair either way it’s an awesome deal. Hope it goes worldwide

    • Zicoz

      It has an atom CPU which is x86, so it’s full Windows.

    • Scott McBurney

      32 bit windows, no RT. At that price, I’m guessing it won’t come with MS office, but will at least come with OneNote.

  • Scott McBurney

    seems very similar to the Acer W3 tablet I have, but the acer has 2gb of memory and 64 gb flash, and an older Atom cpu. But I really do like the acer for lightweight applications, so I could see this being pretty decent.

  • id10t

    For those of us who want Microsoft quality over quantity this is a bad device.
    For those of us who want to see Microsoft to compete in the market share this is a great device.
    I am in both camps.
    Finally a cheap device to compete with Android devices. It fills a void in the market that MS has been getting its butt kicked in. The Walmart, Target, Walgreens type shopper will eat these up in my opinion. The majority of those shoppers are looking at price before anything else. They don’t buy on specs that matter for the most part. For the majority it is a throw away device meaning if they break it the just go get another one. Its just 100.00 bucks.
    Like the 520 on the phone side these devices fill a business need as well. Now there is a device that can be configured and given to drivers, delivery guys etc that is inexpensive yet capable of running software already owned.
    Is it the best option for my clients not in my opinion but it cant be any worse than dealing with the 100.00 android devices they try to use now. I think my life just got a lot easier.
    The other thing that should happen because of the market share gains is developers should start jumping on board. Apps should start becoming as important for windows as IOS and Android.

  • donzebe

    This will make for nice gifts this holiday, especially for school kids.

  • LexicoRed

    Headed down the netbook road all over again, going for market share at the expense of quality and profit. Didn’t not turn out well last time, not going to to turn out well this time.

    • counterblow

      it didn’t turn out well cause enough idiots bought these really sub par devices and then bashed them in public to create bad perception. That’s why we have the Surface which is meant to set the benchmark on what a perfect experience should be. Honestly if you buy one of these turds you should sign a piece of paper forfeiting your rights to complain about it.

      • NGM123

        Its a dirt cheap throw away consumable, seriously, what do u expect for $100. U want quality, but a Surface, this fills a gaping chasm that the dirty herd will eat up by the ton and ditch when its done.

        • WPhan

          Some of us here are intelligent enough to understand that the market does not reward crap products. There is guilt by association and if the hardware sucks the OS is going to be blamed too.

          • Bugbog

            Excepting anyone that wishes to install ‘mega’ applications, the O.S. is robust enough to be used for all the basic stuff that consumers have been purchasing “crap” Android tablets for.

            Now Microsoft just needs to get/release their ebook Hub up to the quality of the Video & Music ones and this can [almost] replace a Kindle (or at the very least, substitute for one!)

          • WPhan

            So was netbooks that at the end of the day that pissed of the people bought them.

            Why the hell do you want MS associated with bottom of the market just so Android doesn’t have it? What is the logic to fight for a market where you make no money and hurts your brand reputation. It us this stupid attitude to win at all cost even if it kills the company.

            The smart warrior avoids the fight not worth winning – Sun Tzu; Art of War

    • Bobby Edwards

      But if you take something like a Dell Venue 8 Pro, and simply cut the Ram and SSD in half, then switch to the low storage install, you have a less than $200 tablet with good quality. Or by the same token, simply change the install on the 32Gb and 64Gb Dell Venue 8 Pro, and you have devices with great storage for those who want that.

  • Ruufus

    Wow!

  • Edward Robert

    The Android insights are unbelievable po.st/crq0gG

  • tomakali

    seriously, 1TB SSD should hit $100 price for these kind of devices to survive