Windows 8, Microsoft’s touch-optimized and tiled OS is already gaining momentum. Already there are plans from Dell and HP for launching Windows 8 based tablets. Microsoft is yet to announce the release date of Windows 8. But this is not stopping Samsung and they are talking about releasing a Windows 8 based tablet by second half of 2012. As per Mr. Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing for Samsung’s PC business, the Windows 8 tablet could be a modified version of Samsung’s Series 7 slate, which runs on Windows 7.
Windows Developer Preview tablets handed out by Microsoft to developers and press in their BUILD conference are in fact created by Samsung. Samsung can leverage this experience and be the first to release a Windows 8 based tablet. These preview tablets were using Intel second-generation Core i5 processors. Though the preview tablet had no software issues with Windows 8 running smoothly, there were few glitches on the hardware side. It was bulkier than the iPad and many other Android tablets and had a noisy fan which couldn’t prevent the tablet from getting hot. Battery lasted only three hours on a charge too.
Windows 8 supports ARM-based processors from companies like Nvidia and Qualcomm. ARM-based processors can remove the above issues faced on Intel-based preview tablets. These companies are pushing Intel to improve their processors before the release of Windows 8. Intel needs to innovate and come up with a processor that is powerful, light and doesn’t require a fan. The tablet wars are pushing the limits of all stakeholders.
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