Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 16:26 UTC
Windows "Asus has a trio of Windows 8 tablets on deck for the holidays, but the pricing is so high - $599 to $1299 for a hybrid - that it's going to be nearly impossible to compete in the marketplace. We were leaked Asus' holiday roadmap and the slide below tells the tale." If this is for real, Windows 8 is screwed in the tablet space. Nobody is going to buy a Windows tablet at prices higher than the iPad.
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Not necessarily...
by achmafooma on Tue 18th Sep 2012 17:52 UTC
achmafooma
Member since:
2008-09-05

I agree pricing needs to come down...but remember, these are actually a notebook AND a tablet in one device. I know you can approximate that with iPad or Android tablets, but both OS's are limited.

For those of us who have a notebook and a tablet, and can't rely on iOS or Android for full-fledged computing (e.g., development), something like this would be a great option. That's $599 for something that's as powerful as a real notebook, but can also replace the iPad or Android tablet.

I think the way to market this is as $599-$1299 for something that replaces two devices...say a $500 notebook and a $200 tablet.

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RE: Not necessarily...
by Alfman on Tue 18th Sep 2012 18:05 in reply to "Not necessarily..."
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Having pushed for the laptop/tablet hybrid approach myself, I agree there is unmet demand for mobile products that just are not being targeted by apple or android devices. In theory these hybrids could meet that demand but I donno about the price though, it's much too steep in my opinion, particularly for ordinary consumers. It's evident that many people have more money to spend than I do though, so who knows.

In any case I won't consider getting one even at the right price unless/until they are jailbroken and I know I can dual boot.

Edited 2012-09-18 18:09 UTC

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RE: Not necessarily...
by dsmogor on Tue 18th Sep 2012 19:13 in reply to "Not necessarily..."
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

$599 is for WinRT device, that as far as universality is concerned looks pale compared to even Android devices now.
x86 stars with $799 for Atom (= netbook class performance). The proper laptop class HW runs $1299.
These prices would look good if the figure was $299, $599, $799.

Edited 2012-09-18 19:29 UTC

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RE[2]: Not necessarily...
by Earl C Pottinger on Tue 18th Sep 2012 20:46 in reply to "RE: Not necessarily..."
Earl C Pottinger Member since:
2008-07-12

Agreed, it not that I don't want to buy a tablet/note-book like Microsoft has shown. It is I can't justify spending so much money to get less than what I can get out of a regular note-book/laptop for almost half the price.

Bring the price down and let me install any OS I choose and I will be there with the cash in hand.

Edited 2012-09-18 20:46 UTC

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RE[2]: Not necessarily...
by modmans2ndcoming on Wed 19th Sep 2012 02:33 in reply to "RE: Not necessarily..."
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Sooooo.... Macbook Air class hardware that doubles as a tablet should cost less than a macbook air?

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RE: Not necessarily...
by saso on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:05 in reply to "Not necessarily..."
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

That's $599 for something that's as powerful as a real notebook, but can also replace the iPad or Android tablet.


It would be, but $600 (I hate the misleading '99' stuff) appears to be for the ARM version without the keyboard dock, so essentially just an overpriced iPad minus the huge App Store. To get the notebook experience, the price is actually more like $800. To get to the full x86 notebook experience (albeit only with an Atom CPU, so still not really a speed demon), you're most likely looking at $1000.

If these prices are correct, I highly doubt these will be flying off the shelves.

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