Though Microsoft has not officially announced the launch date of Windows 8, the first wave of Intel based Tablets and Hybrids running Windows 8 are expected to hit stores by November of this year. Obviously manufacturers are reliant on Microsoft to get Windows 8 launched in time so that they can start testing the final RTM version of it.
According to market sources, that more than 50 percent of the designs will be hybrids which combine traditional laptops with tablets.
A mock up of HP’s Windows 8 Tablet
A lot of these devices are expected to run on Intel’s new “Clover Trail” Atom chip which is Intel’s first dual-core Atom designed chip based on its 32-nanometer process technology. It promises excellent performance coupled with excellent battery life.
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga Hybrid
Plenty of these devices, more so the hybrids, are expected to be running on Intel’s higher performance Sandy Bridge processors.
Since all of these devices are expected to start shipping in November, we can expect that Windows 8 itself will be available only in November-December.
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