Of late, we’ve been seeing cheaper and cheaper Windows 8 slates, and well, Chinese manufacturers like Pipo have really been pushing the envelope lower and lower. That of course, has been the plan all along for Microsoft and its partners, lower prices and more devices mean more exposure after all. This time, we’re taking a closer look at the Pipo Work W4 which will cost US $81 once it hits the shelves.
Pipo Work W4 – Affordable productivity tablet PC
As its name suggests, this baby will be geared toward productivity. Like most uber affordable Windows slates, the Work W4 features an 8-inch display. In this case it’s an IPS panel that can produce a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core (Bay Trail) processor, coupled with 1 GB of RAM. You may need some extra storage especially if you’re a file packrat or apps crazy, since this slate only sports 16 GB of internal storage. It likely will have a microSD card slot, however. Other features include a 0.3 MP webcam, a 2 MP rear shooter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery.
By this time, you may have found yourself wondering about the mini Windows 8 tablet deluge, the reason is simple enough. Microsoft has been giving away its operating system for free to manufacturers – that is, it’s free if they put it in a tablet with a small display (9 inches and below). It seems like that incentive is paying off, don’t you think?
Admittedly, affordable Windows 8 slates like the Pipo Work W4 don’t offer much in the specs department, but then again, if you just need something to check spreadsheets or edit work documents while on the commute, a sub-100 dollar price tag seems very tempting.
So where do I sign up?
Well, if you’re in China, then you’re in luck. The Pipo Work W4 will hit the shelves there soon enough, we don’t know when exactly though. If you’re outside of China, worry not. We’re pretty sure that this Windows slate, like other Chinese-made tablet PCs, will be available from online retailers and such.