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Pricey Win ARM Tabs

I have no idea if this is true, but one story has it that OEMs in the Far East won't be able to make Windows ARM tablets as cheap as iPads. If true, I guess I know what tablet I'll be using this Christmas.

The theory is these manufacturers will have to give Redmond close to 100 clams for the OS itself -- something that sounds sketchy to me.

The other reason this story makes zero sense is Android tablets have busted the $200 market -- way cheaper than the $500 iPad starting point. Even if Microsoft did go mental and charge $100 for Windows, we could still theoretically see $300 Windows tabs.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/01/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Mon, Jun 4, 2012 LostLeader Seattle

I expect Windows on ARM to be closer to the iPad pricing or more. The same way that Android tablets first came to market. The unknown factor is the CPU performance requirements needed to run Windows with a snappy feel. My gut tells me that Windows on ARM will be bad. Reasons: Microsoft probably cut corners to get it to market, by using a translator to shoehorn CISC to RISC (ARM). Windows OS is generally an already bloated software, so stuffing it on to a tablet increases the tablet hardware requirements. Combining both is a bad combination.for performance.

Sat, Jun 2, 2012 Michael Roseland Las Vegas

The theory is these manufacturers will have to give "Redmond" close to 100 clams for the OS itself. Question does Redmond have an OS and what platform is it based on?

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