Microsoft is pushing select Windows 8.1 tablets below $250 at its online and physical stores. For example, the 32GB Dell Venue 8 Pro is now priced at $229, dropping $70 from $299 The 32GB Lenovo Miix 2 and Toshiba Encore are also $249 now, down from $299. As a yardstick for comparable Android tablets, Dell’s Venue 8, which runs Android 4.2.2 on an older Z2580 Intel Atom processor, sells for $179.99 directly from Dell. And Toshiba markets the Android-based Toshiba Excite 7 for $149.99.
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