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Lenovo vows to be the first to market with a Windows 8 tablet

Posted at 17 March 2012 04:02 CEST by R.J. Huneke

Lenovo believes that October will be the launch month for Windows 8 and they are fighting to be the first on the scene with a Windows 8 operated tablet.

Michael Dell had already stated similar intentions, though the influx of the three new IdeaPads might give Lenovo the edge.

Lenovo’s Android-based IdeaPads were announced in late 2011, and they’ve stated that their three tablets range in size from 5 to 7 to 10 inches.

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo debuted a whopper of a laptop sized tablet in the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga tablet that featured an attached keyboard on a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the machine into a laptop configuration.

The only hardware specification that has been confirmed by a source is that the Lenovo Windows 8 tablet will contain an Intel CPU. With the IdeaPad Yoga, Lenovo could introduce a larger tablet than has been seen on the market, and consumers could have a choice between a full-sized and heavier laptop, or a tablet that contains a keyboard and the same operating system, but that only takes up a fraction of space.

Currently there is a lot talk being thrown around and many of the big boys seem to all want to throw their hat into the Windows 8 tablet ring; HP, Asus, Nokia and Dell have all hinted as much. One massive difference between various Windows 8 tablets will be whether they’re based on a traditional CPU or one that uses an ARM processor.

Microsoft has worked to make the Windows 8 experience uniform across both traditional PC’s and ARM powered devices, however, ARM devices have Windows more tightly integrated into their ecosystem and will be able to offer some new tricks such as ultra-low-power mode.

It will remain to be seen as to who breaks across the finish line first and just how interesting and luring these tablets will be when compared to the gargantuan success of the iPad series.

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There are 3 comments

RTV71
MyCE Member
Posted on: 17 Mar 12 15:21
    The odds are against the ARM version of Win8 because of the lack of support for existing x86 programs.

    My experience with pivoting laptop/tablet combinations is that their hinge is failure-prone. They're also difficult and expensive to fix.
    Blu-rayFreak
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 17 Mar 12 16:39
      I'm hesitant to even call a laptop with a hinge a "tablet". It's a laptop that can hide it's keyboard, but not a tablet...
      SciFer
      MyCE Senior Member
      Posted on: 22 Mar 12 09:36
        I personally want to see "Transformer" style with optional snap-on keyboard

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