Asus confirms it will release Windows 8 ARM tablet

Windows 8 will be supporting both X86-based processors as well as chips based on the designs of ARM. Now at least one company has announced plans to offer up an ARM-based Windows 8 tablet. Netbooknews.com reports that during a pre-CES 2012 press event in Taipai this week, Asus confirmed plans to offer up a Windows 8 ARM product before the end of 2012.

Microsoft hasn't offered much information on the release date of the ARM-based Windows 8; instead they have concentrated their marketing efforts on the familiar x86 version, which is now available to download as a developers preview and will be released in a beta version in February. Hopefully Microsoft will offer up more information on the ARM-based Windows 8 at CES 2012 next week.

In other Asus news from the press event, the recently launched Android-based tablet Transformer Prime will get a new version with 3G wireless support sometime in March. A new seven inch tablet and a new 10 inch tablet are expected to be fully revealed at CES 2012. Two more 10 inch tablets from Asus are planned for release in the second half of the year.

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Windows 7 Phone is far behind Apple iOS for Phone. When i look at both devices and start using them, i see no spending $400 on that pile of crap. It must be generation thing.

techguy77 said,
Windows 7 Phone is far behind Apple iOS for Phone. When i look at both devices and start using them, i see no spending $400 on that pile of crap. It must be generation thing.
While I understand and appreciate that everyone is entitled to their opinion, either you are a complete idiot or just too brainwashed by apple. I have used Android, iOS, and WP7 and easily prefer WP7 out of those. When it comes to apps, iOS wins, but when it comes to just interface, WP7 wins easily, at least to me. Live tiles are great, and make the "Single Color Blocks" insignificant. If every app developer made their tiles live tiles the front appearance would be what it was meant to be, information from multiple sources at a glance. Weather channel live tile, People live tile, and others demonstrate this well. My reason for preferring WP7 isn't just live tiles, it's an smooth interface, Smartly placed controls for music, a very versatile web browser, and a very safe and well designed OS. I trust WP7, and hope it is the way the future is.

techguy77 said,
Windows 7 Phone is far behind Apple iOS for Phone. When i look at both devices and start using them, i see no spending $400 on that pile of crap. It must be generation thing.

Only thing whats a "generation thing" these days is Apple. You dont see no point in spending $400 on a Windows Phone but a $700 for and iPhone is okay right?

Everyone has their own opinion but Yours is just stupid.

This is an understatement.

The biggest challenge will most likely revolve around the devices price. Without as much control as Apple can maintain on the manufacturing process, Microsoft will be at the mercy of its OEMs good will and capabilities. Unfortunately, history showed some lack in this department.
Tough road ahead.

TheCyberKnight said,
This is an understatement.

The biggest challenge will most likely revolve around the devices price. Without as much control as Apple can maintain on the manufacturing process, Microsoft will be at the mercy of its OEMs good will and capabilities. Unfortunately, history showed some lack in this department.
Tough road ahead.


Microsoft is not at the mercy of its OEMs, Android is.

derekaw said,
Win 8 Metro Version 1 must be very very good to make a dent in tablet (iPad) sales.

A: I don't think the Ipad is so amazing. It's really just a iPhone with a big screen.
B: Microsoft will easily match the functionality and smoothness of the iPad if WP7 is anything to base it on.
C: The iPad and iPhone basically has it's Apps (not apples, applications, thank you) to thank for it's success. If win8 can support WP7, Win8 and possibly other marketplaces apps, I would say it will already have the iPad beat there. What would be amazing is if they could possibly integrate X86 apps somehow onto both ARM and X86 Win8 Tablets.
D: Price is simple in this group. It is proven that the $500 range seem to be a starting point for Tablets considered "Premium". If Win8 Tablets have a full browser so you don't really need Facebook apps, Flash game Apps, and so forth, they will have a winner in it's simplicity. You want to play words with friends? Go ahead, it works!
E: Some people hate apple, believe it or not. Some people also hate Google, believe it or not. And some people hate Microsoft, believe it or not. It will come down to who can do more for the lowest price on decent hardware. I think a Win8 Tablet will be on my list of wants in 2013. Probably not a first adopter, but I will possibly be looking for one in late 2012/2013.

The current Transformer Prime has enough power to run Windows 8 ARM. Let's hope their are going to allow people to install Windows 8 or at least there will be some hacks flowing around. You can already install Ubuntu on it, Windows 8 could be possible too, but hacking Windows is not that easy as Linux.

david13lt said,
The current Transformer Prime has enough power to run Windows 8 ARM. Let's hope their are going to allow people to install Windows 8 or at least there will be some hacks flowing around. You can already install Ubuntu on it, Windows 8 could be possible too, but hacking Windows is not that easy as Linux.

The ARM booting process isn't as standardized as the PC world, so its unlikely people will be able to hack Windows 8 onto it unless you find almost the exact same hardware on a commercially shipping tablet. Also remember drivers as well.

It may be possible, but I think it would be easier to buy a tablet with Windows and get ICS onto that machine.