Rumor has it that Samsung is working on a Windows 8 RT based tablet that could be ready for sale later this year when Windows 8 finally launches.
Windows 8 RT Tablet Coming From Samsung: Rumors
A new report suggests that Samsung is busy working on a new tablet that will be running the new Windows 8 RT operating system. Samsung has already announced its official plans to bring out a Galaxy S III class smartphone for Windows Phone 8. But it has not confirmed this piece of news so far.
The initial report was made by Bloomberg who cited unnamed sources that were close to Samsung. And even though the news was not officially corroborated by the Korean company, it should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the personal tech industry for the past one year.
Samsung has been a key partner of Microsoft’s Windows 8 efforts from the very beginning. So there’s no doubt that the company has had access to the operating system for a long time now. The prototypes that were handed out at the BUILD conference last year were made by Samsung by modifying their Series 7 Slate tablets. These tablets generally ship with Windows 7 and are based on Intel Core i5 (last generation Sandy Bridge architecture).
Windows 8 RT on the other hand would be running on ARM chips — an area that Samsung has no little experience in thanks to their burgeoning smartphone sales. The chip makers are limited to only three for any such device — Qualcomm, Motorola and NVIDIA — which are the three main chip makers that Microsoft has enlisted for Windows 8 RT.
It is obvious that Samsung would like to keep their tablet plans a secret, given the sheer number of Windows 8 tablets in the making. Intel recently announced 20 new Intel-based tablets in the pipeline. Both Acer and Asus have officially announced their intentions to release Windows 8 tablets. And there’s Microsoft’s own Surface tablet, which has obviously been manufactured by one of the mainstream OEM brands.