We really don't know what to make of this latest report regarding tablets, but we figure it is more encouraging than the one about ASUS Vivo Tab, Vivo Tab RT and Taichi.
For those who don't know yet, a leak has exposed the price plan
that ASUS has drawn up for its Windows 8 tablets, and it is none too promising.
Now, though, we can at least breathe a bit easier knowing that, even if ASUS does go through with its plan, it will have no bearing on the 7-inch tablet range. A report
has stated that there is a very high chance of tablets priced in the $190-400 range (190-400 Euro) to drop in cost a great deal.
And by that we mean that the price will become $150-200 / 150-200 Euro, as soon as Apple's 7.85-inch iPad appears.
Apple's first iPad set the standard for the tablet market, and offered a guiding price, so to speak, one that Android and, now, Windows-based tablet makers are following.
Amazon is the only one who went lower, so that customers would buy it in droves and then be charmed into ordering more products from its store. It views its tablets
as shopping platforms more than media gadgets.
If Apple sets a low price to the iPad mini, companies like Acer, ASUS, Huawei and everyone else with Android or Windows 8 designs will have to do the same.
Fortunately, if they go about it the right way, players can keep the items profitable, especially when selling tablets through telecommunication providers. Ultimately, it depends on how much profit corporations want to reap from each tablet device.
On the other hand, a drop from $400 to $200 is no small matter, so players may not cut prices that much, hoping that the convenience and familiarity of Windows 8/RT will offset the money difference. We'll find out in the fourth quarter of the year (2012).