Microsoft unveils a new smart TV powered by Windows 10
Microsoft has recently unveiled its first attempt at an LED HDTV, powered by Microsoft Windows 10. “One Touch PC, One Touch TV” is being manufactured through a partnership between Microsoft and Indian manufacturer Videocon, and sold exclusively to Indian customers, in what seems to be a test run for potential future expansion in the home entertainment category.
The TV/PC combo unit comes in 32-inch and 40-inch configurations, and full HD, with built-in Wi-Fi, as well as MHL interfaces that lets mobile devices connect and charge. Both models ship with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 16GB of SSD storage and an expansion slot supporting up to 128 GB, via microSD. The “One Touch PC,One Touch TV” also comes with All Cast pre-installed, which enables mobile devices like tablets and smartphones to cast their screens.
The smart TV’s 32-inch configuration is priced at $613, while the 40 inch is being sold for $813, which is a little steep compared to the average 55 inch Vizio smart TV. With that said, the ability to use the device as an entry-level Windows 10 PC, adds some desirable functionality that most smart televisions don’t have, especially when it comes to Tizen or Android powered smart TVs, which may be restricted in the range of apps they can have, without access to a store that would allow to expand the selection.
Touchscreen functionality won’t be available anytime soon on this device, even if it does well enough to justify a possible wider range of screen sizes, which will likely be a small 24-inch, and two larger 55-inch and 65-inch configurations.
Aside from being impractical, a touchscreen would also cause the price to levitate considerably, making this product a lot harder to pitch against competing smart TV manufacturers that focus on image quality and screen size, as well as user experience.