Samsung Ativ Tab Windows RT tablet joins bargain bin

All the four Windows RT tablets that were launched last year are now well and truly on their way out (or at least in the bargain bins). Samsung is the latest to apply the scalpel to its Ativ Tab tablet with prices slashed by nearly half. It went on preorder for £549 but can be purchased from Handtec for a mere £299.99.

The price of the Lenovo Yoga 11 has been reduced to £400, that of the Dell XPS 10 to £249, while the Asus VivoTab TF600T currently retails for just under £330.

The drop in price is linked with the poor sales of Windows RT tablets as well as the launch of a new generation of Windows RT tablets that may be based on the Nvidia Tegra 4 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. The HP Slatebook X2 may be a prototype of what may come next but it is also an indication that manufacturers are considering all options.

That device is based on Android while Samsung’s Ativ Tab 3 tablet, which has just been launched last week, comes with an Intel Atom CPU, a full version of Windows 8 plus Microsoft Office Home and Student. Microsoft has already confirmed that it will be bringing Outlook to Windows RT and is reportedly going to cut licensing prices for OEMs, which will hopefully translate into cheaper prices.

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