Prepare to spend too much, or not at all.
Everyone is eager to find out how Windows 8 tablets will be priced, especially with Microsoft coming out with their own Surface tablets. While everyone is intrigued with Windows 8 (tablet version) and the functionality those tablets can bring, there has been no solid indication on the pricing of these tablets. All we knew was that Windows 8 tablets will be competitively priced against Android and Apple tablets.
However, if the prices leaked to ZDnet for the upcoming ASUS tablets are true, then Windows 8 based tablets, at least those from ASUS, will have a very hard time appealing to anyone outside of extreme tech enthusiasts with deep pockets.
Starting from $599, with the optional dock for another $199, a ‘complete’ package even on the lowest-end will cost $798. Comparatively the highest-end model of the new iPad costs $31 more, at $829. The starting price for iPads is $499, with many Android tablets starting far lower than that mark. Of course, none of those tablets come with a keyboard dock connector that has the ability to charge the tablet as well. But is the extra $200+ worth the extra battery life and keyboard + mouse. At what point do ultrabooks and other laptops become more viable?
Perhaps Microsoft expected OEMs to charge too much, which is why their own Surface tablets might be competitively priced to the point where they are making a loss, but still end up getting a significant market share. We’ll find out more in the coming weeks.