More than a dozen Intel-based Windows 8 tablets by November?

More than a dozen Intel-based Windows 8 tablets by November?I recently included Windows 8 tablets in my Five things to look forward to in 2012 feature. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite interested to see what these bad boys can do. Whether or not I buy one is an entirely different story, however.

An exact release date for Windows 8 remains elusive, but a shadowy figure reckons we might see more than a dozen Intel-based tablets running the OS in November.

That’s what a “source familiar with device makers' plans” tells CNET. From the sounds of it, he/she expects the Intel-based Windows 8 tablets to arrive together as a first wave.

"The schedule is tight," whispers the source. "Looking at what Windows is trying to achieve not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures -- three ARM, Intel, and AMD."

More than half of these Intel-based Windows 8 slates are expected to be hybrids or “convertibles”, combining elements of both laptop and tablet.

All of the tablets will be powered by Intel’s 32-nanometer “Clover Trail” chip, a dual-core Atom design, and they’ll run the full Windows 8 with compatibility for legacy applications.

ARM-based Windows 8 tablets, on the other hand, will run Windows 8 RT (Runtime), which doesn’t offer legacy support.

Pricing for these guys remains unknown, but we reckon Windows 8 tablets will probably push four figures. EDIT: yeah, what satchef1 says ↓↓

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JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 11:57

And hey, when 4-figure prices don't work, make it 5!

I counted 99 reasons not to buy them. When I'm at 101, I'll go public :p

Pondlife  May. 15, 2012 at 12:15

If it's four figure pricing there's the only reason needed.

satchef1  May. 15, 2012 at 14:31

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satchef1  May. 15, 2012 at 15:14

Price will be entirely dependent on hardware config though. There's W7 tabs about for less than the price of an iPad, running on Atoms, and there's W7 tabs costing over a grand, running on i5/i7 hardware. That should be the beauty of buying a W8 tablet - they'll be available at a huge range of prices and hardware configurations, allowing people to buy what they need. £1k+ is desktop/laptop replacement territory, no doubt with Ivy Bridge, thunderbolt connectors, SSDs and all of the other fun things that should be mainstream by the end of the year. It's not really a space where Android and iOS compete.

JanSt / MOD  May. 15, 2012 at 15:35

True, I played with an Acer W500 and for casual use it wasn't that bad actually. To be honest, I'd rather get that than an Android tab...

Pondlife  May. 15, 2012 at 19:45

That's the only one I've seen.

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