Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 12:14 UTC
Windows After yesterday's TV advertisement, Microsoft finally unveiled the pricing for its Surface tablet - the ARM Windows RT version that is. The cheapest Surface - 32GB without touch cover - will set you back $499. They're aiming straight for iPad pricing here, ignoring the popular cheaper Android offerings. Update: only available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. As usual.
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RE[3]: Too expensive
by chithanh on Wed 17th Oct 2012 15:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too expensive"
chithanh
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2006-06-18

If by 'acceptable', do you mean sub-par? I've not seen one for under $200 that wasn't absolute shit.

7" tablets for under $200 are very popular, and they work well.

E.g. the Ainol Novo7 Crystal, Android 4.1, 1024x600 MVA panel, 1.5 GHz dual-core Amlogic CPU, 1GB RAM, 8 GB flash, mini-HDMI, microSD starting at $130 on eBay.

For $10 more, you get the Aurora 2 with IPS screen and 16 GB flash. The $170 Flame comes with 1280x800 screen (essentially a slower Nexus7 with microSD+HDMI).

If you go below $100 as the GP suggested, you will have to live with one ore more limitations, like TN panel, only 2-point multitouch, single-core CPU or measly 800x480 resolution. Maybe not enough for serious work, but still decent for casual web surfing, email, etc.

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