It’s become a tradition recently that Windows tablets are more expensive than Android slates. However, the tradition is not set in stone and lately we have seen prices dropping WP devices to a more competitive level. Earlier this week we got a peek at an 8-inch tablet which is the cheapest Windows 8.1 slate announced so far. Made by Chinese company Emdoor, the 8-inch EM-i8080 will be priced at just $100 when it hits the stores.
Emdoor EM-i8080 Windows 8.1 Tablet
Let’s not fool ourselves, at hundred dollars point the Emdoor EM-i8080 Windows 8.1 tablet won’t be a powerhouse. In fact, the tablet is as super low-end as can be, but it comes a cheap price and with fully functional Windows in its latest iteration and that should count for something.
The Emdoor EM-i8080 features an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Under the hood there is a quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Z3735E processor clocked at 1.33 GHz (1.83 GHz Burst frequency) paired with Intel HD graphics at 311MHz (646 MHz with Burst) and just 1 GB of RAM. Needless to say, so little RAM may be a cause of some serious problems while multitasking, even with Windows 8’s optimizations.
The amount of built-in memory may be also disappointing. The tablet comes with only 16 GB of storage and most of it will be taken up by space-consuming Windows. That leaves users with very little space for their content. Emdoor added a microSD slot for storage expansion, which is very thoughtful of them. However, ironically a 128 GB card will cost more than the tablet itself.
The EM-i8080 weighs 355 grams which is comparable to the iPad Mini that tips the scale at 331 grams. Despite being heavier, the former comes with a smaller battery of 18.5 Wh capacity. For comparison, Apple’s slate packs a 23.8 Wh battery. Other features of the EM-i8080 include stereo speakers and a miniHDMI port to hook up the tablet to a screen to use it as a workstation.
It’s not clear whether the Emdoor EM-i8080 will ever make it across the ocean to our shore but the sole fact that such affordable Windows device was made is a clear indication that more will be on the way soon.
source: Mobile Geeks