At Computex, Nick Parker, Microsoft corporate vice president responsible for device partnerships, demonstrated the latest Windows hardware devices which will be available in new lower price points and new markets. For the first time, Microsoft revealed Toshiba’s upcoming 7” Encore tablet that will hit the market with price point below $200.  A Chinese OEM called Emdoor has announced EM-i8080 Windows tablet. This Emdoor EM-i8080 will cost just $100. Speaking to the press after the keynote, Nick revealed that Microsoft will reach price points that are very industry competitive for 7, 8, 10-inch devices. “They will really surprise you. Last year, we were in the 3s, 4s, 500 dollars. This year, we’ll be 1s, 2s, 3s.” So, expect lots of Windows based tablets in the price range of $100 – $300 from various OEMs around the world. He also said some Windows Phone smartphones will sell for under $200 in certain markets this year. Source: WSJ ...

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Tom Warren over at The Verge , who has been fairly reliable in the past, believes Microsoft is hinting at a 2560 x 1440 Surface Pro and high density 7-inch tablets at the BUILD conference going on this week. “…Microsoft appears to be dropping some accidental hints at the future of Surface and other 7- and 8-inch tablets.” -Tom Warren One session at Build talked about building apps across multiple screen sizes, during the session Microsoft showed potential screen sizes for Windows 8 tablets.  One of these resolutions was a 10.6″-inch tablet running at 2560 x 1440.  This may potentially be the next screen resolution for the Surface 2, which is currently 1920 x 1080.  There also lies the possibility this will be a  tablet by an OEM or unannounced ODM design that has not been publicly announced yet. Other potential display resolutions shown included a 7-inch display running at 1920 x 1200 and a ...

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Today Microsoft provided a detailed glimpse of Windows 8.1 at Computex.  One of the devices shown off is a 7-inch tablet code named “Lyon” by ODM Inventec.  It is important to note that this is a reference design only, and it is not something that will not be directly sold to consumers.  Not only is this the first 7-inch Windows 8 tablet shown, but also among one of the first tablet’s running Intel’s next generation quad core Bay Trail Atom processor, running at 1.66 GHz in this case. As for other specifics for this device, it is 1280 x 800 IPS display (216 ppi), 2 GB RAM, 64 or 128 SSD which can be expanded with via a microSD slot, and wireless N WiFi on board.  In addition, there is a webcam on the front and a rear-view camera with a dual-LED Flash.  The tablet is made entirely of aluminum and comes in ...

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