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Why Windows RT Tablets Are Destined To Be Expensive

The Metro UI on Windows 8 looks amazing and should be incredibly well-suited for use on tablets in its Windows RT guise. It will, however, cost you if you want to give it a try.

VR-Zone is reporting that Microsoft is planning to charge OEMs an average of $US85 per Windows RT install. Compare that to the cost of an Android install — which is, um, free — and it’s obvious that Windows tablets are going to struggle to compete on price.

In fact, VR-Zone also reports that those same OEMs have suggested that, at launch, Windows RT tablets will probably go for $550-$800, with some high-end products reaching $900. For reference, the most expensive Wi-Fi iPad is $759. All told, these rumoured Windows tablet prices seem just a little bit too high to sell well. Let’s wait and see. [VR-Zone]


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