Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo to be the first Windows 8 Slate Makers; Expect an October Launch

March 21, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Almost everyone out there is busy talking about the upcoming Windows 8 revolution on tablet spaces. But when will it will happen?

Though the platform is almost ready and was revealed in customer previews, when it will come in the form of hard, real devices is the question we are asking.

A recent rumor originating from Taiwanese sources close to component suppliers to major gadget makers hint that the software developer giant would be rolling out the Windows 8 tablets by October this year.

The rumor also hints on a possible roadmap of devices with Windows 8 platform from different manufacturers to hit markets.

It seems Windows has handpicked Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo for the first launch in October. However, the new friend Nokia stands out as an exception with their Windows 8 tablet destined to have a November release this year.

Their plan, according to the rumors, is to launch a 10 inch Windows on ARM tablet to raise competition to rivals.

Samsung, Sony and Toshiba will bring their Windows 8 devices to the market in early 2013. Lenovo, Acer and Asus will join them again with a second wave of Windows 8 tablets around the same time.

In short, it will be a flood of Windows 8 tablets. So who is going to make it to the top of the heap? While the manufacturer with the most usable and cost-effective Windows 8 tablet will survive the competition, Windows will have the benefit of expanded choices for its platform among customers, leveraging its sales figures.

While Windows on ARM tablets with Qualcomm chips are expected to bring down the price tag, they will not have access to third party apps outside Windows Store.

But they are expected to put up a good fight against Apple. Well, let’s wait; the tablet war will become more intense in coming months.

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