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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

September 17, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Report: Preliminary prices for Asus Windows 8 tablets seem high

ZDNet is reporting that it has obtained a leaked roadmap of Asus’ Windows 8 tablets and that the preliminary prices listed for the devices — ranging from $599 to $1,299 for a convertible tablet/laptop — are likely too high for success.

According to the ZDNet report, there’s a Windows RT tablet called the Vivo Tab RT starting at $599, and what appears to be two Windows 8 devices: the Vivo Tab starting at $799 and a Taichi hybrid tablet-laptop for $1,299. (Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 designed to run on devices with power-sipping ARM-based processors.)

The ZDNet report stresses that Asus could change its pricing before the tablets reach market.

Still, that range comes in at the high end of what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer referred to as the “sweet spot” of the PC market — somewhere between $300 to about $700 or $800.

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