It looks like we can expect quite a few smaller Windows 8 tablets to be released over the coming months. So far, Acer has confirmed it will launch the 8-inch Iconia W3 product at the end of June for $379. Also, a reference design for a 7-inch tablet was spotted at Computex 2013.
Now Win8China has posted a number of photos taken from Microsofts Computex 2013 trade show keynote address. The pictures near the bottom of the gallery clearly show a person holding up what appears to be an 8-inch tablet with the Lenovo brand name on the back. In a transcript of the keynote address on Microsofts website, the tablet is called the Mix 8 by Microsoft team member Leigha Anderson.
This confirms that Lenovo will join Acer in launching a smaller Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 tablet. Anderson said the Mix 8 would be thin, have 3G wireless support and come with folio and pen. Theres no word on what chip it will have inside but we suspect it will have some version of Intels Atom processor, either the current Clover Trail design or the upcoming Bay Trail chip.
This will almost certainly be just the start of several reveals by PC OEMs about their own 7 or 8-inch Windows 8 tablets over the next several weeks and months. It will be interesting to see how all these tablets will stack up in terms of hardware, features and most importantly on price.