Sure, an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet looks tasty at US$99.
But, my god, remember the 1GB of RAM and the 16GBs of storage. Yeah, some have 2GBs of RAM, but they’re still paired with just 16GBs of storage.
Better for less is already happening.
Tomorrow Chuwi will formally announce the already-leaked Vi8 [Google Translate]:
It’s a typical eight-inch tablet. But Plus.
Eight-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, Intel Z3735F with a peak frequency of 1.83GHz, and 2GBs of RAM with 32GBs of internal storage.
And get the price: 499 yuan. That’s about US$80.
This introduction is significant. Onda has a similar tablet, the V820w:
At 599 yuan — that’s US$97.
But Chuwi has already scared them into slashing the price to 499 yuan.
And you can expect others to follow suit. Because that’s how the tablet game rolls in China. Everyone is looking for that edge.
If Chuwi’s tablet is the same as Onda’s, the game will have changed for everyone. The Onda V820w can use a microSD card up to 128GB and has HDMI-out too. These will be two inexpensive tablets that require nearly no compromise and can be put to some serious use.
So my advice is to skip the temptation of the current eight-inch tablets and wait.
In a few weeks, better eight-inch tablets for less will be available.