Intel: 20 Windows 8-based tablets coming for launch

Windows 8 is a big technology product launch; that much is certain. It's important not just for Microsoft but also for Intel. The processor maker is hoping the launch of Microsoft's touch screen-themed OS will usher in a boatload of new Windows 8-based tablets, many of which would have Intel's chips inside.

Today, as part of Intel's regular quarterly conference call with financial analysts, Venture Beat reports that the company's CEO Paul Otellini said that there will be 20 Windows 8-based tablets for the launch of the OS later this fall. Presumably, Otellini meant that there will be 20 Windows 8-based tablets with Intel processors.

While Intel still rules the PC hardware industry, it has seen processors based on designs from ARM take over the smartphone and tablet space. Indeed, Microsoft's Surface tablet will have its ARM version released first, with the Intel tablet, running Windows 8 Pro, coming out 90 days after Windows 8 and Windows RT's launch.

Intel also announced that its revenues for the second quarter of 2012 came in at $13.5 billion, about four percent higher than the same period a year ago. It generated a profit of $3 billion for the quarter. While that was slightly below the numbers compared to a year ago, it was still higher than what was expected by analysts.

Intel did state that it expects its revenues for the current quarter to be $14.3 billion, below its previous expectations. Intel said that the current "challenging macroeconomic environment" was to blame for their lowered forecast.

Source: Venture Beat

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Windows 8 'Slates' are going to be the new netbook, they are going to be a fad that peaks really quickly then fades out when the tech industry moves on to its next fad.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Windows 8 'Slates' are going to be the new netbook, they are going to be a fad that peaks really quickly then fades out when the tech industry moves on to its next fad.

Well, netbook got replaced by iPad right? So, tablets are still the thing. Not sure how that logic pans out. BTW, I still own a netbook. It's so tiny.... (that isn't what she said!)

I don't think windows users will matter much when it comes to tablets. I think if macs were affordable you would have many people moving to that platform but macs are just too expensive. Microsoft is constantly late to market so I really don't think win 8 tablets will take off. I bought an iPad recently then stopped using the android device. So far I am really impressed with ios.

I really don't think so... while I have the iPad 2 and it's better than the android tablets I own... I think that because a majority of users are PC/Windows users already that the same system with the same Windows software can also run on their tablets as what ran on their laptop or desktop will be very appealing to people... it is at least very appealing to me!

Deihmos said,
20 flops in the making. It would be hard to convince consumers to purchase a Win 8 tablet over an iPad.

Really? Do you think people prefer a hyped up tablet with a mobile OS over a hybrid tablet/laptop with a REAL fully capable desktop OS?

Deihmos said,
20 flops in the making. It would be hard to convince consumers to purchase a Win 8 tablet over an iPad.

I don't think so. By sheer volume it should begin to outsell iPad. Think about it, that's 20 at launch... by comparison WP7 had what, 3 devices scattered about at launch? Android dominates mobile because of the volume of handsets available. If there are dozens of tablets/laptops at a retailer with Windows 8 then they will outsell iPad. There will be all variants of low, mid and high end devices.

It's a good thing, competition.

scaramonga said,
It really just gets worse.

I too don't understand what's bad about a bit of choice and competition...

20 from different manufactures? I'd love to see an Intel branded one, actually... probably the only one that might rival Surface.

primexx said,
20 from different manufactures? I'd love to see an Intel branded one, actually... probably the only one that might rival Surface.
I think the Asus Transformer Book is also a good contender to rival the Surface.

georgevella said,
I think the Asus Transformer Book is also a good contender to rival the Surface.

I agree. Right now I think this (13" version with descrete graphics and second HD in the KB dock) is my top contender next to the Surface Pro. If Asus added the stylus input features like the Surface Pro has, I think I'd be solidly in the Transformer Book camp.

Edited by Drewidian, Jul 18 2012, 11:21am :

allknow said,
tablets are just a fad, remember?

for Microsoft tablets/slates will become the new laptop....remember, they'll be running the full windows experience. so for Microsoft it's not a fad, for everyone else it might just be..

ekw said,
20? thats a lot. I bet 60-70% of W8 tablets would go to surface.

Actually the headline is wrong. It's 20 Intel Atom tablets. There will be plenty of Core i5 tablets too.

I would guess that Surface will represent less than 10% of Windows tablet sales. Only being sold in 25 Windows Stores, Surface won't have a big reach.

Avatar Roku said,

Actually the headline is wrong. It's 20 Intel Atom tablets. There will be plenty of Core i5 tablets too.

I would guess that Surface will represent less than 10% of Windows tablet sales. Only being sold in 25 Windows Stores, Surface won't have a big reach.

The Surface Pro is not a Windows 8 launch device. It will be coming 90 days later.

Avatar Roku said,

Actually the headline is wrong. It's 20 Intel Atom tablets. There will be plenty of Core i5 tablets too.

I would guess that Surface will represent less than 10% of Windows tablet sales. Only being sold in 25 Windows Stores, Surface won't have a big reach.

It's also going to be sold on the MS store online isn't it? That changes things actually.

rev23dev said,

And I'm pretty sure they said online partners or something. Amazon?

Carphone Warehouse in the UK have said that they'll be selling them too.