Windows 8 tablets likely coming from Acer and Lenovo

Windows 8 tablets are almost certainly going to be launch products for Microsoft's next operating system. Today Digitimes reports via unnamed sources that two big PC makers, Acer and Lenovo, are already preparing to launch tablet products that will run Windows 8 for the third quarter of 2012.

The same report also says that the tablets will have Intel running things inside. Specifically, the processor will be the one that currently has the Intel code name Clover Trail inside. Intel plans to launch a processor specifically for tablets and smartphones, code named Medfield, in the first half of 2012.

HP has already announced it plans to offer tablets, along with PCs and notebooks, with Windows 8 sometime in 2012 and its biggest rival Dell is also rumored to have its own Windows 8 tablet plans. Samsung will also offer a touch screen-based PC with Windows 8 and it appears Asus also has similar plans.

There are also rumors that Nokia could launch its own Windows 8 based tablet product sometime in 2012

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As I understand it Win 8 will be very much just like Win 7 but with the touch friendly Metro Interface on top instead of the Win 7 Start menu... right?

It better be a killer product right out the door because it will only be V1.0 of Metro.
Will there be any finger friendly changes to the underlying normal desktop version of windows? If not we have not gone very far and if pricing is not low enough then who will buy these?

What does a Windows 7 license cost today? If the pricing model does not change for Windows on tablets then I can see the cost of the license being a big cost of the tablet.

Fingers crossed for MS with their V1.00 of a tablet friendly OS layer on normal Windows.

In other news... "Water is wet" and "Sky is blue". Did anyone NOT expect these two to release a tablet for Windows 8?

Of course Lenovo and Acer will be making Windows 8 devices.

Everyone will be making them, except Apple and Motorola. Even RIM will probably make them!

KingCrimson said,
More dirt-cheap devices that won't make any profits.

Really? Samsung's tablet for Windows cost over $1000...is that cheap? have you even seen it? Do you even know what you're taking about?

A Windows tablet is basically a full PC crammed into the form factor of a tablet computer. I doubt they will be cheap, especially any x86 tablet. Maybe ARM tablets will be cheap.

*hopes for a W500 upgrade*

Very interested to see the next step for the W500, I love mine. And a windows 8 version is even more tempting. Bring it on ACER, you will have me as a launch customer on that.

Wombatt said,
Samsung?
If its £450 its an insta buy

Samsung made the Win8 Dev devices so I'm expecting them to make a few Win8 tablets for sure even if they're android galaxy tabs "sell" good. And I say "sell" cuz the only thing samsung every said was how many they shipped out.

I wonder how many companies the tablet wars will bring to their knees, so far the only players seem to be samsung, apple & asus (not counting amazon as theyre being sold at cost)

Curious, wasn't expecting anything from Acer. Last I heard they were pulling out of the tablet market due to poor sales of their Iconia series. Guess they have alot of faith in Win 8 doing well?

ill be more happy with a x86 tablet.. Will run everything. Lots of HD space and RAM.. will be usable as a PC with a wireless mouse and keyboard with ease. Bluetooth 4?

Now only if they are not that expensive. Ill buy one in a flash if its under $600 but thats highly unlikely.

Zain Adeel said,
ill be more happy with a x86 tablet.. Will run everything. Lots of HD space and RAM.. will be usable as a PC with a wireless mouse and keyboard with ease. Bluetooth 4?

Now only if they are not that expensive. Ill buy one in a flash if its under $600 but thats highly unlikely.


For what you listed I would say £1200 ($1800??)

evo_spook said,

For what you listed I would say £1200 ($1800??)

Your skills are pretty terrible. My Series 7 Slate was only $1300. It runs all of my dev software w/o a problem and will run SW:Tor on low graphic settings. That price is w/o the economies scale to bring it down.

With Windows 8, which gives more out of the box value on s slate, my guess is power parity of what I have will be sub 1000. Tablets with these new processors will be in iPad price range.

Zain Adeel said,
ill be more happy with a x86 tablet.. Will run everything. Lots of HD space and RAM.. will be usable as a PC with a wireless mouse and keyboard with ease. Bluetooth 4?

Now only if they are not that expensive. Ill buy one in a flash if its under $600 but thats highly unlikely.

When I think about what the average person really needs, I don't see them using "desktop" apps all that much. In fact, most of what people need to do could be done on an iPad IF it had a real file system and a few other minor things. Also, apps need to be able to interact with each other on a far deeper level than they do today.

But I think an ARM tablet with a dockable keyboard like the ASUS Transformer Prime is the future. Long battery life and multiple use cases make it the best of both worlds!

evo_spook said,
In your dreams.

Acer already has a Win7 based tablet. Acer Iconia w500, and it's right around $600. Don't see why Win8 can't be on there for the same price.

Zain Adeel said,
ill be more happy with a x86 tablet.. Will run everything. Lots of HD space and RAM.. will be usable as a PC with a wireless mouse and keyboard with ease. Bluetooth 4?

Now only if they are not that expensive. Ill buy one in a flash if its under $600 but thats highly unlikely.

I'd pay $800 or so if I can get a hybrid style ultrabook with a rotating screen that can then be a tablet for the times I need it or a notebok for when I need that kb option. Seeing how thin ultrabooks should be you wouldn't even notice the kb is still part of the device IMO.

Now only if they can be bought for under £600....

I wouldn't pay more than £100 over a laptop equivalent.

Edited by djdanster, Jan 3 2012, 12:18am :