With initial demand for Microsoft’s second-gen Surface tablets looking underwhelming (even by Surface standards) and increasing competition, including from the inside, it’s probably only a matter of time until the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will get discounted.
Windows 8.1 fall tablet roadmap includes 10-incher from Dell, Surface Mini, updated Acer W3 and more
Following what can be kindly described as a middling first wave of Windows 8 and RT-based tablets, most tech-savvy folks probably expected Microsoft and its partners to dial it up a notch come the fall of 2013. Or at least be a little wary about their prospects in a very competitive world.
Sony has decided to dip its toes in the Windows 8 tablet game, and has announced the Vaio Tap 11, a tablet that looks designed to steal customers away from Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
When it rains, it pours. It was only 24 hours ago that we spotted the second-gen Microsoft Surface RT tab (likely to be called simply Surface 2) doing its benchmarking rounds with a Tegra 4 CPU inside, and we already have some scoop on its imminent Windows 8.1-powered counterpart.
According to Microsoft and their sometimes fun, sometimes deceptive commercials, the Asus VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, Surface RT and Acer Iconia W3 are all faster, cheaper and/or better at multitasking than Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini.
Showcased at Computex in June for the first time, Intel’s record-breaking new Bay Trail chips are reportedly to get a second unveiling next month and should find their way inside commercial products by November.
It’s the same old story with just a slightly tweaked script. Windows-based tablets are better than Apple’s iPads, despite what sales numbers say, and the best Microsoft can come up with to prove that is through deceitful commercials that only tell one side of the story.
You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the recent Surface RT price cuts were just the beginning of something. Something that’s now seen both the Surface Pro and Acer Iconia W3 get heavy discounts themselves.
Given how bad Windows 8-powered tablets are doing sales-wise and how little of an impact they’ve made in a market dominated by Apple, you’d think Microsoft would have more important things to do than try to give the (false) impression their slates are better than the iPads.
One of the smallest Windows 8 tablets to date, Acer’s Iconia W3, has gone through a long teasing process in the past couple of months, becoming official just a few weeks back and being up on store shelves starting today.
Lenovo is reportedly getting ready to roll out a new series of Windows-based tablets. The MIIX family will include a fairly modest 10-inch model, but also an 8-incher that could run Windows 8.1 out the box.
ASUS expanded its Transformer line-up today by announcing the Transformer Pad Infinity and the unique new Transformer Pad Trio. ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity The Transformer Pad Infinity is a unique tablet. It holds the title for the world’s first product to be announced with Nvidia’s (troubled and massively delayed) Tegra 4 chipset. ASUS CEO Jerry
Microsoft’s marketing sure knows no bounds as it is prepping to launch the second wave of its massive advertising campaign against the Apple iPad this week. The new website aims to show consumers the different ways in which a Windows 8 tablet is superior to the iPad. Hot on the wheels of launching an iPad Mini
A special Microsoft Surface Pro flavor is slated for a June 7 Japanese launch with 256 GB of on-board storage. The slate is priced at roughly $1,000 and comes with pre-loaded Office 2013.