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  • Windows 8 Tablets May Challenge New iPad in Early Fall


    Less than one week after Apple launched its third-generation tablet to some three million opening weekend sales, it can't possibly seem like an inviting time to be a competitor in the tablet marketplace. Fortunately for Microsoft, plenty of time remains for the new iPad to cool off before the software giant unleashes its forthcoming tablets this fall.

    According to the rumor mill Wednesday, Microsoft will release its new Windows 8 tablets in September or October. Digitimes says today that Samsung Electronics, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek will all launch Windows 8 on ARM (WoA) tablet PCs within the next twelve months, with some of those offerings likely to turn up much sooner.

    "In line with Microsoft's release of Windows 8 in September-October," Digitimes says, "first-tier vendors including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asustek Computer are developing x86-based tablets for launch in October, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers."

    The rumor-friendly report once again claims that Apple will probably launch another 9.7-inch iPad in October in a move that could undercut the Windows 8 tablets coming into the market at that time. Then again, a lot of things can happen - and a lot of rumors can change - between now and this fall.

    Source: Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Windows 8 Tablets May Challenge New iPad in Early Fall started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. ericmac017's Avatar
      ericmac017 -
      I bought a HP Touchpad during the firesale and I really enjoy its multitasking and WebOS. However, what it will boil down to for the Win8 tablet (like other brands) is the hardware and implementation of an app store. I haven't seen the specs but I enjoy windows
    1. SsputniikK's Avatar
      SsputniikK -
      Well, first of all letīs face it: Apple leads the market, by far it does.
      I see (if this is true) a VERY strong product coming. And yes, I guess Intel and ATI would like to be there too.
      So now we got 2 VERY strong products.
      I guess the final battle will be the same as it is today: The interface.
    1. GooseG's Avatar
      GooseG -
      Windows 8 is a nice OS (Mac is better), and having it on a tablet would be nice. Depending on the specs they could put in there it could be a real treat. If its any lower then 2 ghz and a good g card and at least 2 gigs of ram I don't see it as any good.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      You know, I'd buy one. I only see one big problem coming from these tablets. The same problem that's been plaguing android devices since the beginning of them becoming mainstream: Fragmentation! Too many makers of tablets are coming out. And please Microsoft, keep the control of the OS in your hands!!! I love windows 8 and will absolutely buy one of these, I just don't want to see the market get too split up.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigliquid530 View Post
      If these companies where smart they would hire some of the top JailBreak Devs and have them build them a tablet that would actually compete against the ipad
      There's a big difference between a JB dev and a HW dev, and a UI dev, and an OS dev. Just talking UI and, no offense to saurik considering all the work he's put in (and he's also making some good coin off it), but the Cydia app UI was crap and the most recent iteration is a little better. He acquired Rock Your Phone, which had a far superior UI, but what's happened with UI development since then?

      So, no: you're dreaming if you think you can take a bunch of JB devs and have them come up with something that beats Apple. Not hating here -- I love my JB and I spend as much as the next guy in the Cydia store -- but I'm not going to delude myself into thinking that they can create something that addresses all of the iPad/iOS shortcomings.

      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      No hate here. Got the new iPad Friday, my first one, and it's a disappointment. Turns out I'm a keyboard-mouse-real browser guy. So if the W8 tablet ran Firefox and W7 programs with good screen resolution I'm in for one.
      And since I need something that integrates with all the other Apple stuff I have, I'm sticking with the iPad: MS never knew how to make something that works well with Apple stuff (Office still is the buggiest app on my Mac). Gotta go with what works for you.
    1. BIMPtacular's Avatar
      BIMPtacular -
      Quote Originally Posted by SsputniikK View Post
      Well, first of all letīs face it: Apple leads the market, by far it does.
      I see (if this is true) a VERY strong product coming. And yes, I guess Intel and ATI would like to be there too.
      So now we got 2 VERY strong products.
      I guess the final battle will be the same as it is today: The interface.
      I should start this by openly admitting that I am not an Apple fan, but I am open minded and I prefer everybody to win. Lucky for Windows their Metro interface has been very well received and it is quite intuitive. Even though Apple leads the tablet market currently you can't run a full desktop application with the iPad, which is great if you are just browsing the web or checking email, but they aren't the most productive machines. What Windows is doing putting their whole desktop OS on a tablet is brilliant and I hope that it crushes the iPad so that Apple will actually bring new features to the damn thing. The Windows 8 tablets are more in line with what I would like in a tablet, a full experience, not watered down apps/browser. I'm sure that Apple will rebound, but they won't do it with a stupid personal assistant app, lol.

      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      You know, I'd buy one. I only see one big problem coming from these tablets. The same problem that's been plaguing android devices since the beginning of them becoming mainstream: Fragmentation! Too many makers of tablets are coming out. And please Microsoft, keep the control of the OS in your hands!!! I love windows 8 and will absolutely buy one of these, I just don't want to see the market get too split up.
      MS has hardware specs that all manufacturers must follow for the tablets, in an attempt to avoid fragmentation.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      I have had Windows 8 since about January and I have been so excited for the announce of the tablets. I want to get one soooo bad. Windows 8 is awesome.
    1. dplace's Avatar
      dplace -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I would prefer for a x64 tablet but a x86 one will still be heaps better than any iPad. I cant wait! Thats the next tablet I get.
      F! Apple and their bullsh!t and the need for jailbreaking. A W8 tablet will kick butt.
      lol for starters Win8 tablet is for the ARM platform not the x86 nor the x64... second microsoft wouldn't know innovation if it bit it on it's corporate butt! So I really hope you get one because as for knowledge of tablets you certainly don't get it!!!