Robert Pogson

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Revolt of the Retailer

  • Jan 30 / 2013
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technology

Revolt of the Retailer

Want a laugh? Visit Walmart.com and look for a tablet PC
“$10 – $20 (1)
$50 – $100 (14)
$100 – $150 (19)
$150 – $200 (15)
$200 – $250 (4)
$250 – $500 (34)
$500 – $750 (33)
$750 – $1,000 (4)
$1,500 – $2,000 (1)”

There are two or more price-bands and guess where M$’s offerings are? Yes. $1500-$2000. There is only one tablet offered with “7″ with “upgrade to “8″”. Yes, this is 2013, months after “8″ was released into the wild. Can we say “token offering” boys and girls?

This looks like Walmart getting revenge for the killing of the netbook. I am sure M$’s salesmen were very helpful in derailing Walmart from selling what people want to buy, small cheap computers. Now Walmart has a 7″ tablet for $60… Almost all of those tablets run Android/Linux 4.0 or in the high-priced band, iOS.

Netbooks? Walmart.com still lists them and the lowest priced one is a 7″ Android tablet for $60. The next lowest price is a 7″ notebook with “7″ starter for $178 reduced from $228 on clearance. The best seller is the $178 notebook but the next best is the Android tablet…

The best-selling notebook is a 14″ HP model at $288 with “8″ “on clearance”. The second best seller is that pesky $178 notebook with “7″ starter.

The best selling desktop is a “gaming” machine for $450. The next is a refurbished Dell for $228 on rollback with “7″. The lowest priced desktop runs Android…

$98 gets you a Kaser YF800-4G Net’sPC Desktop. That’s from Kaser, a young OEM selling Android/Linux tablets, notebooks and desktops. They push the fact that their diminuitive desktop running FLOSS can serve as a server as well as a desktop PC. Amazing.
Kaser_Nets_PC

Hardware specification

  • 8GB Flash memory
  • 1 gB RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • 10/100Mb LAN
  • USB host port *4 ,Client
  • 1 * HDMI support
  • SD card
  • Microphone. Earphone jack
  • AC/DC charger,, power LED Software features
  • Android 4.0 , Kloud inside
  • Gmail,Browser
  • media player.
  • Ebook reader
  • Information on demand
  • Self configuration
  • Google play is available
  • applications preloaded.

See that last one. Flexibility and a nice bundle. Perfect.

Expect M$ to have a grim next quarter with deferred revenue tapering off and new revenue almost nil. Expect the revolt of the retailers to continue. Expect GNU/Linux to grow on the decaying carcass of the Wintel PC market.

PS: There is a report that more tablets sold in UK in December than notebooks sold in October to December. Ouch! M$ is living on deferred revenue from OEMs and that isn’t going to last long at this rate.

2 Comments

  1. Robert Pogson

    ssorbom wrote, “it looks like the best sellers still run Windows.”

    ARM is selling several per Wintel PC. It’s about share and M$’s share is seriously shrinking. Why is a brand new PC with “8″ being sold at clearance prices?

  2. ssorbom

    “The best-selling notebook is a 14″ HP model at $288 with “8″ “on clearance”. The second best seller is that pesky $178 notebook with “7″ starter. The best selling desktop is a “gaming” machine for $450. The next is a refurbished Dell for $228 on rollback with “7″.”

    Wait, I’m confused, how is this a victory for Android? It is good that retailers are selling Android, but from what you said, it looks like the best sellers still run Windows. Am I missing something?

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