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Windows 8.1 starts its assault on cheap tablets: problems for Android?

The war to seize the tablet market is fierce at least: not only with Android tablets of all kinds of functions and features, we also have the Apple iPad and a horse that has been relatively recently incorporated into the battle under the Windows name

The point is that Microsoft tries to combat the onslaught of Android: in the smartphones with its Windows Phone, while in the tablets there was a Windows RT version for ARM processors that ended up leading to failure and giving way to Windows 8.1 (making it free to manufacturers) that we all know.

With Windows RT more dead than alive there was not much competition in that regard, but Microsoft has given what it promised there by April of this year, and now is when the cheap tablets with Windows 8.1 begin to arrive on the market. And with this we can't help wondering, Will Microsoft get to fight Android from you to you?

The first cheap tablets with Windows 8.1 are here

The IFA 2014 has given us a few announcements from large manufacturers that are worth noting: basically they are tablets from reputable manufacturers that have in common being very cheap and having Windows 8.1 as the heart of the system.

Toshiba Encore Mini

The first one worth stopping at is in the Toshiba Encore Mini, a 7-inch Tablet It has a quad-core Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM. All with full Windows 8.1, a subscription to Office 365 for a year, 1TB capacity in OneDrive … all for $ 119, About € 90 to change.

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<p>On the other hand, the Toshiba Encore Mini is not the only Tablet that has come out: <strong>Acer has also climbed into the car with the Iconia Tab 8W</strong>, which is exactly the same under an 8-inch screen at the price of $ 150, € 114 if we do the conversion.</p>
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However, server does not see it as a direct competition. Android has quite defined uses, while Windows has others. You could say they play in completely different leagues, that each system is focused on a different consumer, and that it is even possible that they coexist in the market.

But it is also inevitable to see how cheap tablets will face these low and similar prices: Do you think they can coexist, or that one of the two operating systems will end up winning? New war in the tablet market, or will we not notice it at street level?

More information | ExtremeTech, Paul Thurrott’s

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