A number of tablet manufacturers are set to unveil their own Windows 8 tablets that will use Intel’s latest system-on-a-chip.
Both Hewlett-Packard and Acer are currently on the drawing table working on designs for their latest tablet according to CNET. The report also adds that Lenovo is also trying to develop a tablet which is going to use Intel’s Clover Trail SoC.
These tablets that will run on Windows 8 and Intel’s Clover Trail SoC are different from those that run on Windows RT tablets because the latter does not offer backward-compatibility with Windows software programs. The former has the ability to do just that.
According to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, “We are… tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SoC in addition to a number of core-based tablets.”
If this is the case, then the tablet market looks crowded when these companies release their own versions of Windows 8 tablets that run on Intel’s new technology.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have a 10.1 inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution. It also features a n HSPA+ broadband option and only weighs 1.4 pounds.
Reports have been circulating that Microsoft is going to dive in to a business that they are not known for. And if these reports are true, then Microsoft is going to take on Apple head to head to find out who really is the premiere company between the two.
It is reported that Microsoft will announce their own tablet next week at an event in Los Angeles, California.
Though Microsoft has already partnered with Asus and Acer to carry their Windows 8 in their devices, this reported tablet of theirs is one that could make or break the company for years to come.
The Wrap and AllThingsD have strongly suggested that Microsoft is developing their own hardware. If these reports are true, then this Microsoft “tablet” will go battle Apple and their iPad.
One good thing about Microsoft’s plan to develop their own tablet, is that they could control the quality of their product.
A lot of companies are into tablet nowadays. And these companies have partnered with Microsoft to use their much anticipated Windows 8 operating system.
If Microsoft releases their own tablet, could this become a reason for other companies to shy away with their partnership with the company?
Only time can tell.
What are your thoughts about Microsoft developing their own tablet?
The iPad is known to be the leader of the tablet market and has left its competition to pick up the remnants of its wrath. Now, Acer Inc., Toshiba Corp and Asustek Computer Inc. are set to reveal their tablets running on Microsoft’s new OS, the Windows 8.
In their effort to have a bigger piece of the pie, the three companies are pumped up with impending release of their own tablets.
Acer will unveil their version at the Computex show in Taipei. Toshiba, on the other hand, will show their tablet and a notebook-type device on that same event. Asustek will publicize their tablets with a detachable keyboard (like their Prime models) during the same show.
The annual Computex event gives developers that chance to show their prototypes before it is released to the public.
Currently, tablets that run in Android and iOS are the ones lording over the market (they have a combined 91% of the market share).
These Windows 8 tablets will be the first of its kind since it will feature processors that use ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology. This is a chip developed by Qualcomm Inc., Texas Instruments Inc. and Nvidia Corp.