More than a dozen designs on a tight schedule
first Windows 8 tablets should hit retail sometime in November and we could see a bunch of devices in different form factors.
According to CNET’s Brooke Crothers, the first wave of Windows tablets will include more than a dozen devices, but more than half of them will be hybrid designs. So, it seems Microsoft and vendors are betting on traditional keyboards to set Windows tablets apart from the competition.
The new tablets will be based on Intel’s dual-core Clover Trail Atoms, but bear in mind that Microsoft will also release Windows for ARM chips and AMD could also enter the fray with some low-voltage APUs.
The next step for Intel is Bay Trail, a 22nm Atom that will succeed Clover Trail sometime in the future. It will also feature integrated 4G support and Intel graphics, rather than Imagination’s.