Asus looking to sell Windows 8 tablets in Q3 2012

If you like Asus products and you want one slathered in the goodness of Windows 8, it looks like you will be able to get your hands on an EeePad running Windows 8 in Q3 2012 according to Asus (via Engadget).

The image above shows the plan Asus has for its EeePad series of products that includes Windows 8. While internal dates can often slip and Microsoft could delay Windows 8, it looks like Asus and Windows 8 will team up to release a product late next year in time for the holiday shopping season.

But, will these tablets be able to compete in a saturated market? While that verdict is still up in the air, more competition is always a good thing for the consumer.

Windows 8 will offer a unique opportunity to turn the tablet into a full fledged PC and do so in a way that is both intuitive and efficient. But, will this work in the marketplace and do consumer really want a do-it-all tablet? The answer to that question we will find out next year when these devices hit store shelves.

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Windows 8 is RTMing in Q3 2012? How can Asus deliver a Windows 8 tablet in the same quarter without extensive testing? Hope & pray?

Beta software and hardware built to be ready at the same time the RTM hits. It's the same way that Apple can release iOS 5 at the same time as the iPhone 4s.

KingCrimson said,
Windows 8 is RTMing in Q3 2012? How can Asus deliver a Windows 8 tablet in the same quarter without extensive testing? Hope & pray?

Windows usually goes from RTM to General Availability in three months. But that's the traditional model, where OEM machines are actually held back to coincide with the availability of the retail boxed product on store shelves.

Windows 8 for ARM/tablet will be an OEM-only product. There will be no packaged verson. Thus, the delay may be substantially less.

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