Rumor: Dell and HP working on Windows 8 tablets for Q3 2012

Microsoft clearly wants Windows 8 to be used as the operating system for a new generation of tablets devices. A new rumor from Digitimes claims via unnamed sources that both HP and Dell are planning on creating tablets with Windows 8 inside. The report says that the tablets could be launched as early as the third quarter of 2012 which gives us a rumored target date for the launch of Windows 8 itself.

The report claims that some vendors have recently been looking to Windows 8 as an alternative for a tablet OS to avoid competition with other similar tablets, especially since Amazon announced its Android-powered $199 Kindle Fire product in September. The story claims that other PC makers like Acer, Asus and Lenovo are still expected to release tablets with the Android OS, with no word yet on if they will try out Windows 8.

Microsoft famously gave out tablets made by Samsung at last month's BUILD conference with the developer's preview version of Windows 8. Samsung has also confirmed that its current Windows 7-based Series 7 Slate will be upgradable to Windows 8 when it is launched. There are also rumors that HTC is developing its own Windows 8-based tablet.

If the third quarter 2012 launch date for the Dell and HP tablets is true, that also means that we are less than a year away from the launch of Windows 8 itself. That would imply that Microsoft is prepping the OS to be launched in time for tablets, notebooks and PCs to use it well before the holiday shopping season.

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xpclient said,
It's RTMing in April or May.

Doubtful - its October already and there still isn't a Beta 1 released - I doubt they'll get two betas and two RC's out by May next year. IMHO the most likely scenario is a 2013 launch which sits in line with the launch of a 64bit ARM processor as well (a join venture between nVidia and ARM).

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Doubtful - its October already and there still isn't a Beta 1 released - I doubt they'll get two betas and two RC's out by May next year. IMHO the most likely scenario is a 2013 launch which sits in line with the launch of a 64bit ARM processor as well (a join venture between nVidia and ARM).

Windows 8 will be following Windows 7 and have only one beta (released around CES) and one RC (probably around March/April) with an RTM around June or so and release in August. Microsoft does NOT want to miss back-to-school sales like they have the past 4 releases (Me, XP, Vista, 7).

Mouettus said,
ARM vs x64..... tough decision!

For a tablet it's not even up for discussion. x86 and x86_64 are both grossly inefficient for tablets.

Joey S said,

For a tablet it's not even up for discussion. x86 and x86_64 are both grossly inefficient for tablets.

I think you need to read up on ARM - the ARM processor doesn't have special voodoo powers, its main strength lays in the fact that it can scale down easily but as soon as you scale the ARM CPU upwards to get equal performance with x86 the power consumption is pretty much equal.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

I think you need to read up on ARM - the ARM processor doesn't have special voodoo powers, its main strength lays in the fact that it can scale down easily but as soon as you scale the ARM CPU upwards to get equal performance with x86 the power consumption is pretty much equal.

True, but it's always easier to scale up than scale down and keep power consumption in check.

eilegz said,
and they will let it fail like venue wp 7... no dell

Really. They could have tried with this phone. I just got one for really cheap so I dodged most of the problems it came out with. They apparently botched the Mango update though and the compass no longer works.
They also didn't advertise the phone at all or sell it in any retail stores other than the Microsoft store. You can't really expect to sell a whole lot like that.

jimmyfal said,
I still want to see if I can get Win 8 onto that Kindle Fire... hehe, let the games begin...

Sorry to burst your bubble but the screen resolution of the Kindle fire (1024x600) is below the minimum requirements for Metro-style Windows 8 apps (1024x768).

I'm a bit hesitant on HP making any tablet device... with their defunct Touchpad not being supported anymore after their fire-sale. Meanwhile, an HTC Sense-UI-ified Win8 tablet intrigues me plenty.

dbam987 said,
I'm a bit hesitant on HP making any tablet device... with their defunct Touchpad not being supported anymore after their fire-sale. Meanwhile, an HTC Sense-UI-ified Win8 tablet intrigues me plenty.

HP is honoring all warranties for the TouchPad. How is it not being supported? There is even a WebOS update coming out soon I believe.

You especially don't have to worry about support for one of their PCs.

dbam987 said,
I'm a bit hesitant on HP making any tablet device... with their defunct Touchpad not being supported anymore after their fire-sale. Meanwhile, an HTC Sense-UI-ified Win8 tablet intrigues me plenty.

You know what would be friggin awesome - if they turned around and allowed Touchpad users to upgrade to Windows 8 for say $30