Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8 tablets, hybrids

Microsoft is implementing pretty stiff price cuts on some laptop-tablet hybrids. Is this just the beginning?

The Toshiba Satellite U925t is a slider-style convertible that comes with a touch screen, Core i5 processor, and 128GB SSD.  Its price has been reduced to $799 from $1,149 at the Microsoft Store.
The Toshiba Satellite U925t is a slider-style convertible that comes with a touch screen, Core i5 processor, and 128GB SSD. Its price has been reduced to $799 from $1,149 at the Microsoft Store. Toshiba

In what could be a sign of things to come, the Microsoft Store is slashing prices on a variety of hybrid laptop-tablet models.

Here are some of the highlights now appearing on the Microsoft Store "Tablets and Convertibles" page:

  • Toshiba Satellite U925t-S2130 Convertible Ultrabook: Cut to $799 from $1,149. 12.5-inch screen, Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). ( Read the CNET review .)
  • Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet: reduced to $399 from $499. 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom 1.8GHz "Clover Trail" Z2760 chip, 32GB SSD. ( Read the CNET review .)
  • HP ENVY x2 11-g012nr Touchscreen: Now $599, was $849. 11.6-inch screen, Intel Atom 1.8GHz "Clover Trail" Z2760 chip, 64GB SSD. ( Read the CNET review .)
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T Tablet: Cut to $999 from $1,199. 11.6-inch screen (1,920x1,080), Core i5 Intel chip, 128GB SSD. ( Read the CNET review .)

These could be just run-of-the-mill price reductions on models that aren't moving. Or a sign of something more serious.

On that latter point, IDC analyst Bob O'Donnell told CNET last month that Windows 8 PC sales are "horribly stalled."

And IDC said in March that it expects computer shipments to drop 1.3 percent this year, worse than its prior view for a 2.8 percent rise. And that decline comes after a 3.7 percent slide in 2012.

Updated at 10:35 p.m. PDT: As of 10:30 p.m. PT, the Microsoft Store was temporarily down.

Updated at 10:45 p.m. PDT: The store is back up. Note that the Acer Iconia W510-1674 Tablet was listed at $399 earlier in the day and is now back to $499 (after the store went back up). And note that all convertible models were previously viewable on one page. Now they're divvied up into two pages.


It didn't take long for the HP Envy x2 to drop to $599 from its original price of $849.
It didn't take long for the HP Envy x2 to drop to $599 from its original price of $849. Hewlett-Packard
About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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