Well, Pipo has gone and unexpectedly changed the entire eight-inch Windows tablet market!
Via a Weibo communique:
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The specs: 1200 x 800 eight-inch IPS screen, unknown Intel Bay Trail-T Atom with a peak frequency of 1.8GHz, 2GBs of DDR3 RAM, 32GBs of internal storage, 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, dual rear speakers. Other specs yet unknown — but I’d expect it to match all of the other Chinese eight-inch tablets with WiFi, Bluetooth, microUSB port, HDMI-out, and dedicated charging port.
And the price? The price is what tears up the entire eight-inch Windows tablet market.
799 yuan — or about US$128!!
It’s also far less expensive that the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 2!
Photos from the Pipo forum announcement [Google Translate]:
The back looks to be plastic.
It’s the cheapest freakin eight-inch Windows tablet that doesn’t require juggling app storage space like the “1/16” models.
As usual, it turns out Tech2.hu had the news before anyone else, getting a video of one model of it at Computex.
Screensnaps (all taken from the 720p video; click to enlarge):
Notice the Z3740D CPU — and the 64GBs of storage!
But this is the model with the metal back:
All the ports, with dedicated charging and HDMI-out:
This is where the confusion begins; that says Z3735E CPU, not Z3740D:
The camera might be crap:
Funky keyboard portfolio with suction cups(!):
I wonder if this would also work with the CUBE iWork8:
Before we get to the video, a reminder that Charbax also showed a Pipo Windows tablet, one of which is called the W2. Look at this shot of the ports, it looks like the full complement, including DC charging port and HDMI-out:
Model with metal back:
Now the Tech2.hu video:
And repeating the Charbax video:
If a “2/32” tablet is going to be 799 locally, will CUBE have to drop the price of their “1/16” tablet to compete? 699 locally? That’d be an incredible US$112 for a full Windows tablet!
How long can Dell and Lenovo stay in the eight-inch Windows tablet market before the Chinese take it away from them?
Are we going to reach a point this year where an eight-inch Windows tablet will be cheaper than most eight-inch Android tablets?
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