We’re expecting the first wave of ARM-powered Windows 8 RT tablets to drop on October 26 – just over three months from now.
However, Microsoft is restricting the number of OEMs on the scene initially, with each chipset vendor tagging up with a maximum of two manufacturers.
That’s the story according to sources of China’s Economic Times, which explains: “the three major chip maker NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, can be selection of two brand factory cooperation”.
NVIDIA will pair with Asus and Lenovo, Texas Instruments has allied with Toshiba, and Qualcomm is lumped with Samsung and HP (though Dell might sub in for the latter, as HP focuses on Intel stuff).
Oh, and not forgetting Microsoft’s Windows 8 RT version of the Surface. It’s tipped to be a launch device.
For the rest, the Windows 8 RT OEM restriction will be lifted in January 2013, and you know what January means, right? CES, bay-bee.
This all ties in with the recent suggestion that HTC was shunned with regards to Windows 8 RT, due to its shaky record with tablets. Poor HTC.
As for the Intel side of things, it recently announced it was tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablets.