32 Windows 8 tablets by end of 2012?

Much of the Metro interface that dominates Windows 8 has been designed with touch screen devices in mind, particularly tablets. Now a new report claims that various PC makers are going all out to create a ton of Windows 8-based tablets that will have a variety of price points.

Citing unnamed sources, Digitimes claims that as many as 32 tablets running on Windows 8 will be released by the end of 2012. PC makers like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Toshiba will be among the companies to release the first wave of Windows 8 tablets. The article adds that Lenovo and Acer will release tablets that will be priced between $300 to $1,000.

Some Windows 8 tablets will be sold below the $300 mark, according to the article, in order for those products to compete with the many Android-based tablets.

The article also claims that the x86 version of Windows could come out as early as September, with Windows RT, made to run on ARM-based processors, to be released sometime later. It adds that, according to its sources, Microsoft and Intel want to see the iPad's current market share for tablets go down to below 50 percent by mid-2013. If the market gets flooded by all sorts of Windows 8 tablets, that will almost certainly happen.

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I'll be saving my Alaska PFD for an Asus Tablet most likely. Can't wait to play with Windows 8 on a touchscreen device!

I maintain that Windows 8 tablets will get much more traction in the Enterprise space. I have about 10 different enterprise systems running in the market that uses the MS technology stack (Many of them using Silverlight). Many of those systems could greatly be enhanced by providing certain types of users with a tablet of sorts, but to date I did not feel like writing those apps outside of the MS tech stack (I exclude current windows based tablets cause their touch interface is just not practical). If cheap windows 8 tablets come out that support the necessary tech like Silverlight I think most of my clients would want me to extend those systems to tablet.

I don't think that to be true in MS case maybe android but its no more than a clone of the ios nothing more to offer however an x86 device is much more than both android and ios these are toys compared to a real pc as you can see even in this forum most are waiting for win 8 why? Not because its more of the same... win 8 will quickly take over and dominate this market just like the pc world..

Microsoft that is 31 to many base models. Please dump the OEM's. They all cut corners. If you want to take iPad market share you need to actually have a device that is as thin and longer battery life. Your partners will never do what it takes to make that device. All you will end up doing is having crappy tablets like the Android ones.

Eric2xU said,
Microsoft that is 31 to many base models. Please dump the OEM's. They all cut corners. If you want to take iPad market share you need to actually have a device that is as thin and longer battery life. Your partners will never do what it takes to make that device. All you will end up doing is having crappy tablets like the Android ones.

Oh goodie goodie gumdrops! Now, E-Machines can make a ****ty Windows 8 tablet, everyone will buy it (because, it will be the cheapest) and everyone will hate Windows on tablet as much as they do on desktop... because, it's NEVER the crappy cheap ass hardware you buy. No, never.

This is why I started to feign ignorance when it comes to tech-savvyness. I learned a long time ago that you get what you pay for, and you can't save people from themselves.

hahhaa and one iPad to rule them all! GL i looking forward to seeing what a windows 8 tablet is going work like. Do you think there will be a simcard version?

so should i just root my A100 and put windows 8 on it or make use of the replacement plan and get one with win8 preinstalled?

If I can buy a W8 11.6" tablet that outperforms my HP Touchpad, has proper gps, is keyboard dockable and sells for £299 GBP or less then yes, I will buy one.

Edit : It also must have a resolution that makes it possible to watch HD movies & can allow for the "snap" function.

WP7 said,
If I can buy a W8 11.6" tablet that outperforms my HP Touchpad, has proper gps, is keyboard dockable and sells for £299 GBP or less then yes, I will buy one.

Edit : It also must have a resolution that makes it possible to watch HD movies & can allow for the "snap" function.

I'm curious as to what you mean by "proper GPS"

I wonder if Microsoft is going to impose restrictions on what OEM's can change in the OS like they do on Windows Phone 7.

They really should otherwise OEM's will just stuff those tablets with their crap, ruining the experience!

The Dark Knight said,
I wonder if Microsoft is going to impose restrictions on what OEM's can change in the OS like they do on Windows Phone 7.

They really should otherwise OEM's will just stuff those tablets with their crap, ruining the experience!


Yes they are.
Also, if you don't like the crap, spend a littlle more on the 'Signature' series, which are from multiple OEMs but cost a touch more becuase they don't have crapware subsidies to offest build cost.

tuneslover said,
I'm missing Samsung, will they stick to crappy Android tablets?

considering they made the development tablet I would be surprised if they didn't make windows 8 tablet.

Melfster said,

considering they made the development tablet I would be surprised if they didn't make windows 8 tablet.


And considering they currently make the best Windows tablet on the market... SS7S.

tuneslover said,
I'm missing Samsung, will they stick to crappy Android tablets?

Says the guy who likes windows and, lol, dell

Sonne said,

Says the guy who likes windows and, lol, dell

What's so funny about Dell man? Dell got second position in USA, millions of people can't be wrong.

tuneslover said,
Waiting for Dell Windows 8 Tablet

Same here! Either a Dell Windows 8 tablet or a 15-16" XPS ultrabook, but I want something with 12.5" on the former and 1600x900+ on the latter.

A340600 said,

Same here! Either a Dell Windows 8 tablet or a 15-16" XPS ultrabook, but I want something with 12.5" on the former and 1600x900+ on the latter.

1600X900 is very low nowadays. 1920X1080 is perfect.

Quality, not quantity. Releasing tons of crappy Windows 8 tablets will likely have the opposite effect to the one desired; people will be so ****ed they will run to the ipad!

efjay said,
Quality, not quantity. Releasing tons of crappy Windows 8 tablets will likely have the opposite effect to the one desired; people will be so ****ed they will run to the ipad!

So Microsoft should tell OEMs not to produce them or? If you hadn't noticed, there are quite a few OEMs that will want a piece of the pie.

efjay said,
Quality, not quantity. Releasing tons of crappy Windows 8 tablets will likely have the opposite effect to the one desired; people will be so ****ed they will run to the ipad!

Windows 8 tablet will not compete with iPad (Most of the time). But Android tablet is gonna die.

funkydude said,

So Microsoft should tell OEMs not to produce them or? If you hadn't noticed, there are quite a few OEMs that will want a piece of the pie.

How much of a piece will they get if they produce a poor product? All those $80 Coby android tablets and the like are hardly being held as shining examples of ipad competitors.

But the question is, will tablets still be as relevant (read as marketed) towards every man and his dog? Or will they go back to their niche sectors, where to be honest, they belong.

ShMaunder said,
But the question is, will tablets still be as relevant (read as marketed) towards every man and his dog? Or will they go back to their niche sectors, where to be honest, they belong.

Tablets will stick around. Most people will more than likely stay with Apple, since all tablets = iPads ( I know more than a few people who call their Kindles, Nooks, Android tablets an iPad)

I still don't see tablets replacing PCs, even long term down the line until battery life and power issues get resolved which quite likely may be never. I've witnessed my brother kill the battery on his iPad before halftime hits while watching football games.

I do hold out hope that someday people will start to realize that they don't need to dump $400, $500, $600+ dollars on some of these tablets though. For my on the couch purposes, my Kindle Fire is more than enough and easily more than 1/2 the price of an iPad. Yes I admit it's slower, but for the price I can deal with an extra 2 seconds to load a web page.

Condere said,

I still don't see tablets replacing PCs, even long term down the line until battery life and power issues get resolved which quite likely may be never.

I don't see them replacing PCs at all. They would need some serious ergonomic changes to do that. By the time you add a hardware keyboard to one, you may as well just use a laptop.

I know three people who have bought an ipad and after using them for about 3 months, all 3 of them are now sitting on the bookshelf gathering dust. Of course they have their uses, though I think these are niche market uses and a lot of people realise this after spending $400 (~£399 in rip-off Britain) on one. It just seems like another Netbook phase except, this has Apple behind it.

As I said in one of the other news posts, I believe the future is the mobile phone and dock. This will firstly replace desktop PCs for word processing, spreadsheets and email and eventually start replacing everything else if the hardware permits. However, software hasn't matured in this area yet.