Rumor: Lenovo to be the first to offer Windows 8 tablet?

While there will definitely be a lot of desktop and laptop PCs that will be available with Windows 8 pre-installed when Microsoft launches its next OS, the big question is which company will be the first to offer a tablet running Windows 8. A new rumor claims that Lenovo is aiming to snag that honor.

The Verge reports via unnamed sources that Lenovo believes it will have the first Windows 8 tablet on sale when Microsoft launches the OS. Lenovo believes that the final shipping version of Windows 8 will be ready to go by sometime in October 2012; other than the fact that the tablet will have an Intel chip running things inside, no other details about the device have been revealed.

We have already seen one Windows 8 machine from Lenovo - we had some hands-on time with Lenovo's intriguing IdeaPad Yoga, with its convertible tablet form factor, at CES in January - but it remains to be seen if this is the one that Lenovo plans to bring to market first in October.

HP has already confirmed that it will offer a Windows 8 tablet for sale sometime before the end of 2012, while Dell has also thrown its hat into the Windows 8 tablet ring; both HP and Dell have said their tablets will be made mostly for business customers. Asus has also hinted that they will offer their own Windows 8 tablet. Finally, there are strong indications that Nokia could launch its own Windows 8 tablet device too.

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XX55XX said,
Great. Big Thinkpad fan here. A Thinkpad tablet would complement my Thinkpad quite nicely.

Yep, agreed.
I just hope it is a Think branded product, not an Idea branded one.

grunger106 said,

Yep, agreed.
I just hope it is a Think branded product, not an Idea branded one.

ive never seen why thinkpad users are so fiercly loyal to their IBM now Lenevo thinkpads, until I aquired one through work as my new laptop, thought heck lets give them a bash (was that or a dull dell <insert dull range here>, and im now converted. It may not be modern looking or particulary pretty, but by god they are built to last and so reliable. It takes all abuse an IT pros system goes through in its stride, travelling etc. Im lucky enough to have aquired the old X201s thinkpad, it will have to be prized out of my cold dead hands when it comes to replacing it!

I'm surprised that Samsung isn't mentioned in this article. They made all those Windows 8 developer devices, after all. The Samsung Series 7 Slate would be awesome with Windows 8.

Melfster said,
Even companies that don't normally play in the PC space will have a Windows 8 type computer such Nokia. Even Sony.

But Sony do "normally play in the PC space"...

TCLN Ryster said,

But Sony do "normally play in the PC space"...

I didn't say didn't. I said Nokia. Everyone seems to think that Sony is on Android side. But they are building Windows 8.

Melfster said,

I didn't say didn't. I said Nokia. Everyone seems to think that Sony is on Android side. But they are building Windows 8.


Sony has been making Windows Laptops for a long time

brent3000 said,

Sony has been making Windows Laptops for a long time

yup and following the Sony Mantra, overhyped & overpriced for what you actually get