The first Windows 8.1 with Bing devices are now being introduced, and the first is the Toshiba Encore Mini. Toshiba’s tablet costs just $119.99, and it comes with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, Intel Atom processor, and an SD card slot. None of those specs are impressive, but Microsoft is marketing the Windows 8.1 with Bing devices as being good budget tablets, so the specs do not need to be on-par with more expensive tablets.
All of the core features of Windows are available on the Encore Mini, even though it is a small device. This is good for people who would like to have access to all that Windows has to offer, but other versions of Windows may have worked better on the Encore Mini given its size and target market. Windows Phone is now capable of running on 7-inch devices, so that may have been a better operating system for the device.
Other cheap Windows tablets are on the way. HP will be releasing its own budget Windows devices beginning at $99, and its tablets will be available in either 7 or 8-inch form factors. More budget Windows tablets will be coming down the road since Microsoft has been providing free copies of Windows to many of its partners.
Via [The Verge]