Microsoft Windows 8 tablets
In what could be a sign of things to come, the Microsoft Store is slashing prices on a variety of hybrid laptop-tablet models.
Here are some of the highlights now appearing on the Microsoft Store “Tablets and Convertibles” page:
- Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD).
- Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD.
- HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: Now $599, was $849. 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom 1.8GHz “Clover Trail” Z2760 chip, 64GB SSD.
- Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet: Cut to $999 from $1,199. 11.6-inch screen (1,920×1080), Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB SSD.
These could be just run-of-the-mill price reductions on models that aren’t moving. Or a sign of something more serious.
On that latter point, IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell told CNET last month that Windows 8 PC sales are “horribly stalled.”
And an IDC report in March said the analysis firm expects computer shipments to drop 1.3 percent this year, worse than its prior view for a 2.8 percent rise. And that decline comes after a 3.7 percent slide in 2012.
Windows 8 tablet
It didn’t take long for the HP Envy x2 to drop to $599 from its original price of $849.