China-based Kingsing W8 may be the cheapest Windows 8.1 tablet yet
The earlier promise of cheap Windows 8.1 tablets is being fulfilled with the reveal of a 8-inch product from Chinese company Kingsing. At $99, it may be the lowest price yet for a device that uses Microsoft's latest PC operating system.
The Kingsing W8 sounds extremely similar to the 8-inch EM-i8080 that another China-based company, Emdoor, revealed last month for $100. The Kingsing W8 has a 8 inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 800x1280 and support for using up to five fingers at once. It has an Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz, Intel HD graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of on-board storage, along with a 2 megapixel rear facing camera.
There's no word if the Kingsing W8 will be sold outside China, but a few weeks ago, Microsoft's chief operating officer Kevin Turner said that $99 Windows 8.1 tablets will go on sale later this fall along with notebooks that will be priced as low as $199. What do you think about the prospect of Windows tablets and notebooks at such low prices?
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I confirm that the device has a front and a rear camera. And guess what: the back of the tablet resembles the back of an iPhone 5/5S.
Note that the Android version of Kingsoft Office is not compatible with Windows Phone's Office. WP will open the excel file created by Android's Kingsoft Office as read-only. I have to open it on Web Office and convert it before I can edit it using my WP.