Follow us:

Microsoft Pri0

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.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►