Originally Posted by kiwiasian
Let's not forget that Windows 8 has a full desktop OS behind it...$500 is very reasonable when you take that into consideration.
Windows 8 RT is not a full desktop OS. Actually in practice it's more like iOS and Android in it's limitations than Windows 8 x86/x64. It can't run legacy desktop programs and the only way to install apps is through the built-in store. That sounds a lot like other ARM tablets. I'm not complaining about this as there really is no way around it since it's not possible to run x86 programs on an ARM OS. Just don't go saying it's a full desktop OS. That will come later with x86 tablets and the Surface Pro later on.
Originally Posted by coachmark2
For 100 dollars cheaper than the iPad running Windows 8 with a full install of MS office? USB and 2GB of RAM with a Tegra? Yes please! This thing is priced exactly where it should be. Undercutting the iPad but incredibly so. Remember, Ballmer said it would be priced "between 300 and 800". So I'm not sure what all the "OMGz i wanted an UBER tablet for $199..." is about.
Good work MS. For your first foray into tablets, this looks to be a real strong showing.
I don't see how any of the specs are impressive. The Asus Transformer TF300T has basically identical specs minus the 2GB RAM and Windows 8 RT, except it costs as low as $380
and even lower on sale: link
I think Windows 8 on tablets has a lot of potential but the price just isn't competitive with the specs. You say wow, $100 cheaper than a 32GB iPad but the iPad has a much better screen and GPU. So you are basically paying for that Office and cool kickstand. I don't think it should be $200 but around $400 sounds more inline with the specs. We will see how the public responds.
Originally Posted by windowszp
Let me get this straight... This version does not have the real win 8 with the desktop, and can't run normal windows desktop apps? If so I'll pass.
The whole beauty of this was to run normal apps on tablets perhaps play a few old win games on the go.
There are going to be two distinct versions of Windows 8. One for ARM based tablets called Windows 8 RT (or simply Windows RT) and one for x86 computers and tablets which is just Windows 8. The Surface tablet that this thread is about has Windows 8 RT as it has an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC that has four A9 ARM cores. Since Windows RT runs on the ARM architecture it cannot run legacy x86 programs. Also the only way to install programs with Windows RT is through the Microsoft Store on the tablet (similar to iOS and Android). So a long story short, yes you are correct.Edited by Ben the OCer - 10/17/12 at 10:46am