Our previous posts talked about the grand plans PC manufactures like HP, Lenovo, ASUS etc have in their roadmap with respect to Windows 8. But a recent report in DigiTimes, about ViewSonic launching a Windows 8 tablet in Taiwan during Q2 of 2012 beats everything. According to Max Liu product marketing director of ViewSonic Asia Pacific, the supposed Windows 8 tablet will debut with a 10-inch high resolution display. ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10 is their first model that supported both Windows 7 and Android. The company shipped around 6000 tablet PC’s per month in 2011 and was third in the market segment.
The Windows 8 tablet launching by June 2012 before Microsoft’s release of the much touted tiled OS seems too good to be true. Analysts are speculating that ViewSonic will be releasing the tablet with a Windows 8 Consumer Preview pre-installed. There will be no cost associated with Consumer Preview OS and thus ViewSonic can pass on this benefit to customer by selling the supposed tablet at a cheaper price. But the catch is Consumer Preview is a beta test release that will be available to consumers to try and is not for resale.
Another view is the company ships the tablet both with a Windows 7 licensed copy and Consumer Preview version of Windows 8. But as of now we don’t know if this is just a marketing gimmick. Or does it reflect the huge potential of Windows 8 tablets?
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