A report says Lenovo is plotting to beat a pack of rivals including Dell and Nokia by releasing the first ever Windows 8 tablet.
According to The Verge, the Chinese computing giant is making plans to have the tablet ready by October 2012, believed to be the most likely date for Windows 8’s launch. The Verge’s source wouldn’t spill any significant beans concerning the tablet’s design or specifications, but did say that it’ll be powered by an Intel processor.
However, at CES in January we spotted what might be a likely candidate, or at least a possible inspiration, for this rumoured tablet. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a skinny, lightweight 13.3-inch laptop that can be twisted and flipped (yoga-style, geddit?) into a tablet.
It’s just a prototype, strictly speaking, but it was shown off with Windows 8. It rocks a 1600x900 resolution, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, 8-hour battery and Intel Ivy Bridge processor. The only thing that makes us doubtful is the size: 13.3 inches is big for a tablet, and an iPad-esque 10 inches seems to be the sweet spot for such devices.
If Lenovo wants to launch the world’s first Windows 8 slate it’s going to face competition from several other players. Just a couple of days ago we heard how Nokia’s design boss Marko Ahtisaari spends a sizeable proportion of his time slaving away on the development of a Windows 8 tablet, and Dell, HP and Asus are thought to be working on similar projects.
Windows 8 tablets will run in a fairly similar way to Windows 8 PCs, according to Microsoft: you’ll get the usual Windows desktop and file system, albeit with the lovely Windows Phone-inspired Metro tile interface riding on top. If you’re interested to know a bit more about how the OS will work on a tablet, read our story here.
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