Windows 8 is to be released in October. The release will trigger the first wave of Windows 8 tablets.
Based on the latest rumors, Microsoft is set to release Windows 8 in October. Windows 8 supports for the first time also CPUs that are not x86 based. For mobile devices such as tablets, Windows 8 also supports ARM CPUs. Intel is though of course not letting ARM to take over the Windows 8 tablet market. Intel also has x86 based tablet CPUs. Digitimes has an insider report that outlines which hardware platform each major tablet maker is choosing.
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HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek are supposed to release x86-based tablets in October. Vendors including Samsung Electronics, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek are supposed tolaunch Windows 8 on ARM (WoA) tablet in early 2013. Nokia is possibly already launching a 10-inch ARM based Windows 8 tablet equipped with Qualcomm processors in November 2012.
It will be very interesting if Intel can extend their Windows PC and laptop domination to the tablet world. The second front for Windows 8 tablets is of course the war against the Apple iPad. If Windows 8 tablets are not reaching a significant market share than it does not matter if Intel or ARM are powering most Windows 8 tablets.