Microsoft is throwing its weight behind the launch of a $199 Windows 8 tablet called the Pendo 8, which will go on sale in Target stores in Australia from 25 September.
Described by Microsoft as the "first low-cost Windows 8.1 tablet", the Pendo 8 will go up against Apple's iPad at Target, as well as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 (which can also be bought for $199) and Thomson-branded tablets.
While Target, Dick Smith and Officeworks already advertise Pendo tablets, this will be the first from the brand running Windows 8.1.
The Pendo Pad 8 features Windows 8.1, an eight inch touch screen, 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, Bluetooth and a mini HDMI output and a one-year Office 365 Personal subscription.
This launch follows Microsoft’s announcement during Build 2014 that partners developing phones and tablets with screens under nine inches will get Windows for free and a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.