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For a long time, if we had to choose a tablet from the lot, it would either have to be an Android or iOS. The tablet market is currently inundated with Android, be it a branded or an off-branded one. When it comes to choosing between the two, most people would go for Android due to it being more affordable than the elegant iPad. The entrance of Windows OS tablets shows that the competition in the tablet market will get fiercer in the coming days. For the consumers, they will have more choice.
Initially, tablets running on Windows OS didn’t do so well but with the recent releases and updates, they are getting on track. Since most of the recent Windows 8.1 tablets are expensive, here we are listing out the Windows 8.1 Tablets that are currently under ~$400.
HP Omni 10
The HP Omni 10 is the first-ever Windows tablet created by Hewlett Packard (HP) running on the latest Windows 8.1 OS. The tablet is powered by a Intel’s Atom ‘Bay Trail’ Quad-Core processor (Z3000 series), 2GB of RAM and a storage capacity of 32GB SSD. The HP Omni 10 comes with a 10.1-inch HD Display at a resolution of 1920 x 1200 which comes down to 224 pixels per inch. For camera, the tablet has a 8MP rear-facing autofocus camera with HD recording and a 2MP front-facing camera able to record 1080p HD video. The tablet includes 1 micro USB port along with a microphone/headphone jack and surprisingly HP also adds in a micro HDMI port. A feature that we normally don’t see in most tablets.
The HP Omni 10 is priced at $399.
Dell Venue 8 Pro
The Dell Venue 8 Pro is an entry level tablet from Dell running a full version of Windows 8.1. The tablet sports an 8.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio which would be good for watching widescreen videos. The tablet is also powered by the new Intel Atom Z3000 quad core processor, 2GB RAM and an SSD based storage-capacity of 32GB/64GB. Quite similar to the previous HP Omni 10. The tablet has a low 5-Megapixels camera at the rear and a 1.2MP front facing camera. The tiny device has a premium look and comes at a fairly affordable price and has powerfull battery life (4830 mAh).
The 32GB version is price at $299.
Lenovo Miix 2
Lenovo is still young in the tablet market but doing quite well. The Miix 2 seems to be a representative of the Dell Venue 8 pro as it almost has the exact same specifications. It too comes with a 8-inch HD IPS display and is powered by Intel’s Atom Z3000 series processor clocked at 1.33GHz.
The Lenovo Miix 2 is priced at $299 too.
The Toshiba Encore also falls in the 8-inch display squad running on full Windows 8.1 OS. The tablet also features a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM and comes with 32GB of SSD storage space which would be expandable through the microSD slot. The tablet includes a Micro HDMI, usual micro USB and 3.5mm audio jack.
Toshiba Encore is priced at $329.
Since most of the Windows 8.1 tablets almost have the same tech specs within the price range, it might be cumbersome to choose the specific one. If you love to have a big display, HP Omni 10 would be the perfect choice and if you want to stay within the $300 range, Dell should be your choice.
Which one would you prefer? Have anything else to add? Drop it in the comments below!