Today at Computex 2014, we caught up with a Windows 8.1 tablet device from Mainland Chinese manufacturer Emdoor. The Emdoor EM-i8080 is one of several affordable devices that we expect to arrive later this year, all running ‘Windows 8.1 with Bing’ on an Intel processor. Watch Mobile Geeks get hands on with one of the very first $100 Windows 8.1 devices:
The Emdoor Em-i8080 is an 8 inch Windows 8.1 device with a 1280 x 800 IPS screen backed by 1GB RAM and a 16GB SSD powered by Intel’s 1.33GHz – 1.8GHz Bay Trail SoC in the form of the Intel Atom Z3735G. Other connectivity includes a microSD slot, Micro USB and Mini HDMI, while the device also incorporates stereo speakers, a fairly entry-level camera and an 18.5Wh battery.
Check out our hands-on video below:
The devices feels reasonably good in the hand and weighs 355 grams. Although a comparison with higher tier devices will reveal certain shortcomings, the general feeling we had on the show floor today was that this is could be a real bargain, if indeed it arrives at its $100 USD price point. We don’t know too much about Emdoor as a company, but we are fairly certain that they focus on a predominantly OEM business model, meaning that you can expect different versions of the EM-i8080 with different branding and technical configurations to be available in the near future.
Intel and Microsoft are making huge efforts to penetrate the really affordable tablet market with their respective processor and OS offerings; the Emdoor EN-i8080 is great example of what the two companies have in mind.