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Today in Hardware: Windows 8 RT Tablet, Galaxy Note II, Lenovo K860 LePhone

By Rohit Ramesh on Friday 17th of Aug 2012

Today has been a particularly busy day. Scratch that, this week has been pretty busy with announcements and other things leaking out or leaked every single day or the other. Today we see Windows 8 RT Tablets which might be priced at $300, a leaked image of the Galaxy Note II and the Lenovo K860 LePhone, using a quad-core Exynos chipset and sporting a 5″ display.

Windows 8 RT Tablets to cost $199?

The Internet is full of weird reports. This ain’t one of them. Windows 8 RT tablets, the ones running the ARM version of Microsoft Windows 8 and being powered by relatively cheaper Tegra 3 chipsets (instead of Intel Ivy Bridge in the Windows 8 x86 tablets) are alleged to cost anywhere between $199 to $399. And if this report is true, we will be seeing budget Windows 8 tablets go up against the army of cheap Android tablets, and the incoming iPad Mini rumored to hold a $299 price tag.

Lenovo’s North America operations head David Schmoock recently said, quote:

the devices will cost about $200 – $300 less than the $600 – $800 Windows 8 devices.

“RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points,” Schmoock said. The pricing for Windows RT tablets should fall in at about $300 – 500, based on Schmoock’s math, which makes them more competitive with the iPad pricing than the more budget-friendly Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. “It will do well but it’s going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with,” he explained in an interview with Bloomberg. Scmoock thinks Windows RT devices will offer a “very good consumer box,” and Windows 8 will be more attractive to enterprise customers who need more power.

- Technobuffalo

Differences chart between Surface Win 8 PRO v/s RT

This actually makes a lot of sense. Microsoft will make two separate lines of the Surface tablet. One will be the less expensive variety more suited to the consumers in general, i.e. Windows 8 RT. The other being the more powerful Intel Ivy Bridge sporting full Windows 8 tablets to cost between $599-$999. This would be for the business users, and those who can spare money. The chart above shows a few differences between the two Surface tablets.

Leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is right around the corner. The rumored launched date is August 29. As we come closer and closer to launch, more and more leaks are bound to happen. And today, we have what looks like the real deal. Have a look for yourselves.

We have covered articles on the Galaxy Note II before. You can read them here:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Coming to your Big pockets on August 15

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to debut on August 29?

The Note II is rumored to have a quad-core Exynos 4 chipset, 2 GB of RAM and a 5.5″ HD display of resolution 1280×800. Also included is an ultra thin bezel. The Galaxy Note II is expected to be unveiled at the pre-IFA event on August 29.

UPDATE: There seems to have been another Galaxy Note II image leak today which can be viewed below. Seems like the real deal.

Lenovo K860 LePhone

Lenovo, the Chinese giant is launching it’s new LePhone this week, the K860 LePhone. This phone is a 5″ monster with a quad-core CPU and sports a formidable camera capable of shooting 100 frames continuously in addition to 1080p video recording and a huge 2,250 mAh battery, all in 9mm of thickness. Have a look at it’s full specifications.

Lenovo K860 LePhone Full Specifications:

  • Exynos 4412 Chipset
  • Quad Core Cortex A9 1.4 GHz
  • Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • 5″ HD(1280×720) display
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 MP camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 2250 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0.4 ICS
As you can see, the phone is no slouch. Let’s see if it can hold it’s own against the incoming Galaxy Note II.


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 Quick Specs

OS Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Processor Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
Touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen Display Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Display 5.5" Super AMOLED Primary Camera 8 MP
Dimensions 151.1 mm x 80.5 mm x 9.4 mm Weight 183 g

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