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.
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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.