8inch tablets running Windows 10 Mobile. Good or Bad idea?

Recently, Alcatel announced the Pixi 3 tablet, it’s an 8inch tablet running Windows 10 Mobile.

The Pixi 3 tablet is
  • running Windows 10 Mobile
  • an 8inch IPS 1280x800p resolution
  • MicroSIM card slot
  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core CPU
  • 8GB internal Storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4060mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 5MP Camera, 2MP front facing camera
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB
The Pixi 3 will cost around $200 and will be available in the next few weeks.

Microsoft made it free for OEMs/manufacturers to use its Windows 10/Mobile OS on 8inch screens or less (phones) and I applaud Alcatel for taking advantage but I was left wondering…

“Is an 8inch tablet running Windows 10 Mobile a good or bad idea?”

The Pixi 3 could easily have run Windows 10 OS just fine, the HP Stream 7 and 8 have similar specs and run Windows 10. So why did Alcatel opt for the mobile version of Windows 10 on the Pixi 3? What benefits (if any) does Windows 10 mobile on tablets have over tablets running Windows 10? Most importantly, what are the differences between the Windows 10 Mobile OS and Windows 10 and how will it affect your decision in picking between the W10M tablet and a W10 tablet?
I will try to answer these questions and also tell you why I think selling tablets running Windows 10 Mobile is a bad idea.

So first, what’s the difference between Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10? Well, it’s simple, Windows 10 runs win32 apps (your traditional .exe apps), it also runs universal apps. Windows 10 mobile does NOT run win32 apps. Just think Windows RT back in the day (from a couple of years ago). Now, think of the disaster WinRT caused and how it caused a great deal of confusion and consequently killed the 1st gen. Surface Pro.

The Alcatel Pixi3 next to the HP Envy 8 Note

This is quite frankly in my opinion WinRT all over again. Here’s an example, the Pixi3  costs around $200, while there are 8inch tablets (like the HP Stream 8) that cost under $100, with the same specs as the Pixi 3 but running Wndows 10. You could walk into an electronic store and decide to get the latest, more expensive Pixi 3 tablet, only to find out that it can’t run win32apps.

I think Microsoft is revisiting its disastrous WinRT days again. I’m not saying W10M on 8inch tablets is a bad idea, I just don’t believe now is the time to throw them into the mix of already successful  8inch tablets running Windows 10.

The advantage of making these W10M tablets is that they run on ARM processors, so should have longer battery life than its Windows 10 running counterparts. That’s the only advantage really.
Windows 10 is installed on more than 200million devices, so apps (universal apps) will always be available on Windows 10 first before being available on Windows 10 Mobile, in some occasions they might not even make their way to W10M at all.
I just don’t want to see situations where consumers buy tablets and find out they can’t install their .exe apps, like WinRT most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Microsoft should rather encourage its OEMs to release a range of Windows 10 Mobile phones, from high end WPs like the Jade Primo from Acer, or the rumored HP Windows Phone or low end ones like Alcatel’s Fierce XL.
The 8-inch tablets’ space is doing just fine with Windows 10 tablets, it doesn’t need Windows 10 Mobile tablets, at least not yet.

So what are your thoughts? Will 8-inch tablets running Windows 10 Mobile hurt the platform or not?

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