Rumor: HTC developing Windows 8 ARM tablet

While Windows 8 is at least a year away, if not more, from its launch, that hasn't stopped the Internet rumor mill from posting up word about possible Windows 8-based products. Today the Twitter page of Eldar Murtazin, the editor in chief of Mobile-Review.com, claims that HTC is developing its own Windows 8 tablet that will run some kind of ARM-based processor. Murtazin has broken news about other products in the past. This same rumor also appears on TFTS which says the ARM processor will be made by Qualcomm

If true, this would only be the second device confirmed to be running Microsoft's next operating system. Samsung has already released a tablet running the developers preview version of Windows 8 to the attendees of last week's BUILD Conference. Indeed those first Windows 8 products are already showing up on eBay. HTC would seem to be a natural to make a Windows 8 tablet since the smartphone maker has released and will continue to ship smartphones based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system.

If the tablet does run on an ARM-based processor, that also means that any application that runs on the device will have to work natively with the processor. As we reported last week, Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 8 won't be able to run any applications made for x86 processors, made by companies like Intel and AMD, on an ARM-based product. The two processors have a number of architectural differences that prevent this kind of cross-development from happening. Another reason is that Microsoft wanted to keep malware programs from being able to infect both versions of Windows 8.

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So HTC want to get into the PC business? I hope they offer a dock with a keyboard and mouse like with the Samsung at BUILD.

I also expect Nokia to make a tablet with services tied to their WP8 Phone. It could be a great ecosystem. Next year we will know for sure, but I'd almost put money on it. It's probably why they chose Windows Phone over Android. I think they made the right decision.

Drewidian said,
I also expect Nokia to make a tablet with services tied to their WP8 Phone. It could be a great ecosystem. Next year we will know for sure, but I'd almost put money on it. It's probably why they chose Windows Phone over Android. I think they made the right decision.

The only thing I dislike with Windows Phone is that Mozilla has decided not to develop Firefox for it. Else it's gold.

efjay said,
Wonder if this will be a clone of their android tablets, just like their WP7 devices.

This won't be a clone of Android tablets and, more to the point, how the does WP7 or Windows 8 look anything like Android.

neo158 said,

This won't be a clone of Android tablets and, more to the point, how the does WP7 or Windows 8 look anything like Android.


i think he means the hardware

neo158 said,

This won't be a clone of Android tablets and, more to the point, how the does WP7 or Windows 8 look anything like Android.


I don't think he was referring to the looks. HTC's WP7 and Android hardware are very similar.

neo158 said,

how the does WP7 or Windows 8 look anything like Android.

The hardware, not the software.

And there is no reason why Android phones and Windows Phones can't share the same hardware. However Windows 8 hardware will likely be more powerful.

flexkeyboard said,
with android tablet being mediocre and copying ipad, it's natural to go win8 and give the user a unique UI

o rly? how are the plethora of android tablets copying the ipad? How is the android UI a copy of iOS?

flexkeyboard said,
with android tablet being mediocre and copying ipad, it's natural to go win8 and give the user a unique UI and a productive device.

I have an iPad, the honeycomb UI looks nothing like iOS5 .

rajputwarrior said,
o rly? how are the plethora of android tablets copying the ipad? How is the android UI a copy of iOS?

Both OSes have their origins in mobile. Icons.

WIndows 8 is neither. its heritage is desktop/laptop. Metro.