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Lenovo plans to be first to make a Windows 8 tablet

Lenovo is gearing up to hit the market with the first Windows 8 tablet, but there are speculations that it may be the Ideapad Yoga.
Lenovo is gearing up to hit the market with the first Windows 8 tablet, but there are speculations that it may be the Ideapad Yoga.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A report says Lenovo is planning to be ready to ship the device in October
  • There are reports that Dell, HP and Asus are working on offering Windows 8 tablets
  • A key differentiator will be based on a traditional PC chip or one that uses the ARM architecture

(Mashable) -- Windows 8 won't be ready for consumers until fall, but that's not stopping hardware makers from fighting to be first in line to build hardware for Microsoft's new operating system.

Lenovo is planning to be the "first to market" with a Windows 8 tablet, The Verge reports.

Citing a "source," the report says Lenovo is planning to be ready to ship the device in October and that it will have an Intel chip, so it clearly won't be a Windows-on-ARM device. Other than that, there aren't any details on exactly what the machine will be, although given those basic criteria (tablet, Intel, Windows 8), there's at least one suspect: the IdeaPad Yoga.

Lenovo showed off the Yoga at CES earlier this year, and it got a lot of attention due to its unusual form factor: a laptop with a keyboard that folds over completely to transform it into a tablet.

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Michael Dell had also said publicly that Dell would offer a tablet when Windows 8 launches, and Nokia recently confirmed months of speculation that it was working on a tablet as well. There have also been reports that HP and Asus are working on Windows 8 tablets as well.

A key differentiator among Windows 8 tablets will be whether they're based on a traditional PC chip or one that uses the ARM architecture.

While the new version of Windows has been engineered to be near-identical on both, ARM-based Windows devices are going to be "end-to-end" devices (meaning Windows would come fully integrated) and have a few special features, like an ultra-low-power mode. However, most legacy apps won't work on them.

Are you interested in Windows 8 tablets? What would you like to see in them? Let us know in the comments.

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