$75? How cheap can Windows tablets get?

The battle is well and truly on for low-cost tablet dominance, with reports indicating Windows tablets — full Windows tablets, none of that RT rubbish — selling for $75.
Liliputing reports that at the HKTDC show in Hong Kong, manufacturers are showing off Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel “Bay Trail” processors selling for as little as 399 yuan, or around $75 at today’s exchange rates.
Not that $75 buys you a lot of tablet, or one that reportedly is going to be all that great. The cited Emdoor EM-I8170 has an an Intel Z3735G quad-core Bay Trail processor, 7 inch 1024×600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Viewing angles don’t appear to be great, and I wouldn’t be holding out for multi-day battery life on such a unit.
It’s not a Surface Pro 3 killer, in other words, but that’s not the point. A low cost tablet could still be a reasonable option for those who just want low-end tasks completed and can wait a bit while they process. Then again, they could be $75 worth of silicon junk; without hands-on testing time it’s impossible to say.
It’s an interesting indication of where this particular market is heading. Not that we’re likely to see anything with an “Emdoor” badge — or similar — in Australia any time soon. I can’t speak of any insider knowledge, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the local now-numerous rebadge-a-Chinese-tech firms importing these (or similar) tablets, whacking their logo on top of them and selling them off for, say, $150. You probably know who I’m talking about, and if you don’t, they don’t need me spruiking for them per se.
At $150, they would still “appear” to be bargains against the higher priced Windows and Android tablets, and there would still be a healthy profit margin to be had as well.
Source: Liliputing
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