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 ↓↓