Chuwi Vi8 is a under-100 dollar Windows 8 tablet

Many experts once said that Windows tablets will never be able to match the affordability of Android tablets. Well those folks have been proven wrong as many big companies have already started offering cheap windows 8 tablets. But what will Chinese OEMs react to this? Well some companies like Chuwi are offering their windows 8 tablets at incredibly low price tags. Their new Chuwi Vi8 tablet retails for mere 82 dollars.

Chuwi Vi8 specifications

Chuwi Vi8 specifications

For $82, you get a Chuwi Vi8 tablet that runs the latest version of Windows on an Intel Atom processor and free one year Office 365 subscription. Other specifications of Chuwi Vi8 include 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core Bay Trail processor, 2 gigabytes of memory and 32GB of flash storage.

Why are some Windows 8 tablets so cheap?

The reason why some of companies are able to sell some windows 8 models so cheap is that Intel has been subsidizing certain models of Intel Atom family that has brought the overall cost of such devices very low.

Another and most important reason is waiving license fee of Windows. Microsoft is offering windows 8 for free to the device makers whose tablets are less than 10 inches in size. And to make the offer even better, Microsoft is throwing one year of free Office 365 subscription.

Intel has said that it will be waiving off its subsidies in 2015 which will result in cost of windows tablets going up.