Windows 8 tablets: What we think we know

Windows 8's late 2012 launch should be backed by a wave of new tablets and tablet-laptop hybrids from a selection of vendors.

With the launch of Apple's new iPad out of the way, it's time to look ahead to the next big tablet launch on the horizon.

I'm talking about Windows 8, whose late 2012 launch should be backed by a wave of new tablets and tablet-laptop hybrids. Although we haven't heard much about Windows 8 tablets yet, some pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together.

Here's everything we know so far about tablets running Windows 8:

Lenovo

At CES, Lenovo showed off a Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrid called the IdeaPad Yoga. The device's 360-degree hinges allow it to fold all the way back from laptop position into a tablet, with the keyboard disabled on the rear panel.

An unnamed source told The Verge that Lenovo will be first to market with a Windows 8 tablet, using an Intel chip -- the same as the Yoga. The source didn't have any other details on the tablet itself, so it's not clear whether the Yoga will be Lenovo's first Windows 8 slate.

Dell

Dell didn't have much luck with its Streak series of Android tablets, so now the company is turning to Windows 8. This month, CEO Michael Dell told Bloomberg that the company will "be there right on the very first day that Windows 8 is available."

Dell hasn't gone into specifics, but the company is likely to focus on tablets for enterprise users. "Having a secure Windows tablet that works with all the Windows applications -- we're hearing a lot of demand for that and we think that will be quite attractive," Dell says.

Samsung

Microsoft has been using a modified version of Samsung's Series 7 Slate to show off the Windows 8 Developer Preview and Consumer Preview to the press, it's no surprise that Samsung is working a commercial Windows 8 tablet. Uhm Kyu Ho, head of Samsung's PC business, said last November that the company is working on a product for release in the second half of 2012.

It'll likely be similar to the Series 7, he said, although an upgrade to Intel's Ivy Bridge chips would be nice.

Asus

Asus confirms that it's cooking up a tablet running Windows 8 on ARM, but that's all we know for sure.

Last year, there was an unconfirmed report that Asus will use a design similar to its Transformer tablets, which would certainly be welcome for users who want a slim tablet and a small laptop in one package.

Both the current Transformer line and the PadFone Asus introduced recently at the Mobile World Congress run on the Android operating system.

Hewlett-Packard

With WebOS on the open source backburner, HP is turning its attention back to Windows. CEO Meg Whitman says she expects to have an Intel-based Windows 8 tablet out this year.

Nokia

Nokia's design chief Marko Ahtisaari has confirms that the company is building its own tablet, and given Nokia's partnership with Microsoft, the tablet is likely to run Windows 8.

DigiTimes has reported that the tablet will have a ten-inch display and run on a dual-core ARM-based processor, but that's the only specific tidbit we've gotten so far.

Follow Jared on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ as well as Today @ PCWorld for even more tech news and commentary.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jared Newman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?