Today, tablets are increasing in popularity every day and we can see almost all manufacturers getting into tablet. The tablet revolution was brought in by Apple with iPad and then Android tablets followed. When Microsoft announced Windows 8 as the successor of Windows 7, everyone knew it was tailor made of tablets and touch interface with the new start screen and metro UI. With the release of Windows 8.1, we have seen many new tablets in the market in different price ranges offering different set of features and screen sizes.
In this article, we will cover some of the best Windows 8 tablets in the sub $500 price range. The starting price of iPad Air is $499 and here we have picked 6 best Windows 8 tablets which comes for $500 or less.
1. ASUS Transformer Book T100:
The ASUS Transformer Book T100 tablet with a detachable docking keyboard allows you to stay productive in the office or play your favorite game no matter where you are. It is a 10 inch tablet with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. It has Intel Bay Trail processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB on board storage. It has 11 hours of battery life which can be increased using the detachable keyboard. The tablet is priced from $349- $399.
2. Lenovo Mixx 2 8:
Lenovo Mixx 2 8 is an 8 inch tablet with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. It comes with a five-point multitouch and IPS wide-viewing-angle technology makes it a pleasure to play your favorite game or share photos with your friends. Plus you can use the tri-fold detachable cover to protect your screen or to prop it up and watch movies. It is powered by Intel Bay Trail with 2GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and comes with 8 hours of battery life. It is priced at $349.99.
3. Dell Venue Pro 8:
Dell Venue Pro 8 is one of the cheapest Windows 8.1 tablet at $299. It comes with a 8.0 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. It is powered by Intel Bay Trail processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB on board storage. Venue 8 Pro is equipped with ironclad security features. With SecureBoot, TPM, and device encryption, your email, contacts, and other data are all more secure. There is also an optional keyboard accessory to add battery life to the tablet which is at 10 hours.
4. HP Onmi 10:
HP Omni 10 as the name indicates is a 10.1 inch tablet running Windows 8.1 and comes with Intel Bay Trail processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The tablet has 10 hours of battery life and comes with impressive multimedia features including a built-in accelerometer, gyro, and compass allow you to get the most out of your favorite apps and games. The tablet is priced at $399.
5. Nokia Lumia 2520:
Nokia Lumia 2520 was announced at the Nokia World in Abu Dhabi and it has a full high-definition 10 inch screen is packed into the Nokia Lumia 2520’s compact frame giving you an incredible viewing experience even in sunlight. It comes with 11 hours of battery life and can be extended using the keyboard accessory. The tablet is powered by Snapdragon 800 processor and comes with 2GB RAM and 32 GB Storage. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 RT and can be purchased for $499.
6. Toshiba Encore 8:
Encore 8 from Toshiba is a 8 inch tablet with 1280 x 800 pixels screen resolution. It runs on Intel Bay Trail – T processor and comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage along with 14 hours of battery life. If portability is what you are looking for in a Windows 8 tablet, then Encore 8 is a good choice. It also comes with internal accelerometer, gyroscope, and GPS sensors. Encore 8 is priced at $299 and is one of the cheapest Windows 8 tablets.
7. Microsoft Surface 2:
Surface 2 is the second generation Surface tablet from Microsoft which runs Windows 8.1 RT and it is known for its excellent design and features. It comes with Office 2013 with which you can manage your documents. It runs on NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor with 2GB RAM and has 32GB and 64GB storage options and the microSD card reader lets you add up to 64 GB of extra storage. Connect accessories with a full-size USB 3.0 port and Bluetooth 4.0. It is priced at $449.
8. Dell Venue 11 Pro:
Dell Venue 11 Pro is a 11 inch tablet which runs on Intel Quad Core Atom processor with 2GB RAM and 64GG internal storage. It provides you with 9 hours of battery life. Use it as a tablet to play your favorite games, or click it into the optional docking keyboard and power through a report or send an email. The tablet is priced at $499.