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Rumor: Lenovo Vows to Have First Windows 8 Tablet

March 15, 2012

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It looks like there may be a race to be first to market with a Windows 8 tablet. Lenovo is "internally planning to be the very first manufacturer to release" a consumer tablet running Microsoft's forthcoming operating system upgrade, according to the Verge, which notes that Dell earlier this month promised to deliver an enterprise-targeted Windows 8 tablet "on the exact day" the OS ships.

Nokia, which has tightened its relationship with Microsoft in recent years, is also supposed to be working closely with the software giant on a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet for release before the year is out. Hewlett-Packard and Asus are other names that are being bandied about by the Windows 8 tablet rumor mill.

Lenovo's rumored tablet sports an Intel chip, according to the Verge, which speculates that the prototype IdeaPad Yoga, seen running Windows 8 at CES in January, may be the product in question. The Yoga, a 13.3-inch convertible that also functions as an ultrabook-style laptop certainly represents a break from the two established consumer tablet segments, the 10-inch category dominated by Apple's iPad and the more affordable 7-inch, media consumption devices represented by Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet.

The Verge also posits that Windows 8 will be released in October. That jibes with PCMag columnist Tim Bajarin's recent assertion that Microsoft will raise the curtain on Windows 8 tablets at an event in New York on Oct. 22 with availability targeted sometime in the fourth quarter.

Unlike the rumored Lenovo tablet with Intel inside, Nokia's Windows 8 slate is purportedly being built around an ARM chip, specifically a dual-core processor from Qualcomm. Microsoft will support both x86 and ARM-based chips in Windows 8, which is being optimized for touch screen mobile devices with features like its Metro-style interface and stringent requirements for touch screen support.

The most recent glimpse of Windows 8 came in late February, when Microsoft released a Windows 8 Consumer preview that was downloaded more than a million times in the first few days it was made available.




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