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Windows releases cheapest tablet yet...Android beware

Android devices have been known to be very affordable, compared to other devices – Windows and Apple OS.

However, a new Windows Tablet is looking to put an end to Android’s intimidating dominance with the Toshiba Encore Mini, which runs Windows 8.1.

The Toshiba Encore Mini has a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. The 7-inch screen is of the 16:9, 1024 x 600 variety. There are of course front- and rear (2MP)-facing cameras, a micro USB 2.0 port. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of cloud storage via Microsoft’s OneDrive.

Microsoft promised cheaper Windows tablets with its “Windows 8.1 with Bing” option for manufacturers, and they’re now starting to arrive. This new device is priced for just $119.99 (N20 000).

If you’re a Windows fan this is probably the smallest device capable of running a full version of Windows seen so far.

Android OS presently has 61.9 per cent of the tablet market; Apple OS has 36 per cent, while Microsoft is in a staggering third with 2.1 per cent. The release of cheaper tablets is hoped to increase its market share  as its devices will become more affordable to users.

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