Acer has been bashing the Surface Tablets right from the announcement earlier this year and wasn’t sure about its future in the tablet market,even delaying their Windows RT based tablets in order to observe how is the Surface RT is faring in the initial launch stages.
After almost a month of the tablet launch,Surface has already got a good start as far as the sells are concerned,but now HP is joining the Bashing party calling the Surface RT tablet Expensive,slot and Uncompetitive.
In an interview with CITE World, Todd Bradley head of HP’s PC business said that he hardly sees the Surface Tablet as a competition and the reason behind that is limited distribution,its expensiveness and that it It tends to be slow and a little kludgey when using it.
Talking about their tablet plans,he indicated that there won’t be a consumer tablet coming from HP this year,but we can expect one by the next years christmas season,so don’t expect any consumer based tablet for a while from HP,as they are sticking with the Convertible form factor for now.
We are 2 weeks away from the official public release of Windows 8,but those who want to PreOrder the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft can do so starting from today.
As reported earlier on their Windows 8 blog, Starting from today people can preorder a copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99 for the packaged DVD version.In the united states the offer will be available from Amazon,Bestbuy,Staples,Office Depot,Microsoft Store and many other sources.
If you prefer buying the digital version of the upgrade Via Windows.com via the Windows 8 upgrade assistant With an upgrade price of $39.99.This offer is available upto 31st January 2013.There is also a special upgrade offer of $14.99 upgrade for eligible Windows 7 PC buyers who have bought the hardware from June 2nd upto 31st January 2013.
Those who are eagerly waiting to get their hands on upcoming Windows 8 based hardware can also preorder their devices of their favorite OEM’s like Dell,HP,Acer,Asus,Samsung and Sony.
As we Inch closer and closer to the public release of Windows 8,many of the hardware partners are announcing their upcoming Windows 8 based devices.
This one comes from Hewlett Packard,the ElitePad 900 TabLet powered by Windows 8 will be targeting the business segment. The device sports a 10.1″ display With Corning Gorilla Glass 2,it runs on a Intel Clover Trail based processor.It will be available in two variants of 32GB and 64GB SSD.It will also sport a pair of camera’s with 8 megapixel rear camera and a front facing camera with 1080P support for video.
Talking about the ergonomics,the devices weighs about 1.5 pounds and is 9.2mm thick.Some of the business features include,Pen Input,voice input and accessories such as Smart Jacket for productivity which features a keyboard,connectivity ports and a card reader,the expansion jacket adds up various slots like USB and HDMI.
The device will be available by the first month of 2013 in the united states,pricing details will be revealed Closer to the device availability.
Over the past couple of weeks we have seen many of the upcoming Windows 8 based devices coming from various hardware partners like, Samsung,Acer,Fujitsu and others.
HP which is also one of the major Windows 8 partners,has recently announced their desktop offering for Windows 8,starting off with their All in One Windows 8 device named “Spectre”.
The device sports a big 23.6″ display screen,With 11.5 mm of thickness(thinnest AIO from HP till date).Though this feature comes with a cost of a non touch screen based display,so users will not be able o take advantage of the touch features of Windows 8 via the screen.Though they have provided a wireless Touchpad using which users can perform Multitouch Gestures with their Windows 8 operating system.The device also sports an NFC chip,so that you can pair all your NFC enabled devices with the AIO.
Talking about the hardware specifications of the device,it is powered by the Intel Ivy Bridge processors and also sport a dedicated NVidia 1GB graphics card?There are total 4 USB ports,two each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0,an HDMI port!gigabit ethernet port and Wifi?
The device will start shipping in November with a starting price of $1299.
Yesterday Microsoft finally announced the public release dates for Windows 8 operating system.But along with the OS release we will also see the release of hardware devices from various manufacturers like Dell,HP,Acer,Asus,Samsung for the launch.
This time around the main competitor amongst the other Windows 8 based device are the tablets coming from these manufactures.Recently Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini revealed that there are as many as 20 tablets in the making for the release at Windows 8 launch.Intel is going head to head against their ARM based counterparts with not just the iPad but also some competition from the Windows 8 platform as well,courtesy the WinRT platform which is tailor made for ARM based processors.
Intel is been busy of late designing the Clover Trail based Atom processors with low power consumption for the Windows 8 based tablets from various manufacturers like HP,Acer,Dell and Microsoft itself will bring the Intel based Surface tablet(though 90 days after the ARM tablet release).
Windows 8 is just a few months away from the release,where we will also see the release of Various Windows 8 based tablets based on x86 based processors as well as the ARM based processors.
There will be a bunch of hardware partners who will bring their version of Windows 8 based tablets like HP,Dell,Acer,Asus and Samsung.While some of the devices will be based on Intel based processors,we will also see ARM based tablets from many of the manufacturers including the newly announced Surface Tablets.
HP who is one of the partners for Windows 8 tablets has officially confirmed to Bloomberg that initially their version of Windows 8 tablets would only run on Intel based processors.Marlene Somsak, a spokeswoman of Hewlett Packard told them that their first Intel based tablet would focus on the Business Market.
Marlene Wrote in an email,
“The decision to go with x86 was influenced by input from our customers. The robust and established ecosystem of x86 applications provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.”
Some rumors claim that HP ditched the plans of launching ARM based tablets after the Surface Tablet announcement,but Somsak said that the decision to avoid ARM based tablets initially was made before Microsoft announced their Surface Tablets.Then again the question remains,as Microsoft already stated that the hardware partners were made aware of the product but there wasn’t any mention about when did they actually told the partners about the Surface Tablets.
At the launch we will see at least two of the manufacturers releasing ARM based tablets with Microsoft’s Surface Tablet and Asus launching their version of Windows RT based tablets later this year.
For what we all know that there are many biggies planning for their version of Windows 8 Tablet,one of them is HP.Though we didn’t get any details on the Tablet specifications from any of the companies.
Now as reported earlier by Neowin, from their trusted sources who has got their hands on a leaked slide which reveals the details on the upcoming Tablet from HP.
So according to the details from the leaked slide,the Tablet HP Slate 8 will sport a x86 based processor,will be 9.2mm thin(thinner than the New iPad,will sport a 10.1 ” Capacitive Screen,along with 8-10 hours of battery life.The tablet is targeted for business users hence ARM is missing from the scene.
Though at this moment this goes in the rumor department,since the slide may or may not turn out to be a true affair,but by the looks of it,it seems like iPad is really going to have a tough competition this time around with the release of Windows 8 Tablets.It would be interesting to see what price tags do these devices get,and due to this intense rivalry between the two biggest platforms,it would be a win win situation as far as the common man goes.
Over the past few weeks HP has been in the news regarding its future plans with Windows 8 hardware,we have seen some official word about hardware availability by the end of the year and last week the accidental revelation of the supposed Windows 8 SKU’s on their official website.
Now according to recent reports by CNET,some of the sources has leaked the windows 8 tablet details for both Intel based tablets as well as ARM based tablets.Two of them being from Intel’s next-generation Atom processors while the other one is based on Qualcomm’s ARM processor.If we have a look at the recent past the HP CEO did mention about their plans for both intel and WOA Platforms for Windows 8 based tablets in near future.
Detailing about the devices,specifically about the Intel one’s,one of the intel based tablet would be a hybrid one(laptop+tablet),while the other one being a non hybrid targeting the corporate segment.Both the devices said to be powered by Clover Trail Atom processor sporting 32-nanometer dual-core Atom chip.The ARM device would probably be from the Qualcomm Snapdragon family.
Getting into some other details,Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch,stated that he’s aware of one of the intel based HP Windows 8 tablet featuring a 10.1″ screen with the resolution of 1,366×768 pixels and the device will go on mass production at the start of the second half(July 2012).
With the intense rivalry amongst the manufacturers the windows 8 devices,the consumers are here for a treat with the obvious price wars between the biggies in the business.
HP is one of the most popular brands in the PC Market.For what we all know it’s planning to bring the Windows 8 based devices later this year,as hinted earlier by the officials over the past few weeks.
Now apparently HP has let slip the Windows 8 SKU details on its official site,which are yet to be officially announced by Microsoft,as reported earlier by ZDNet.The leaked drivers documentations (1) and (2)on HP’s website reveal the following details about what it looks like the Windows 8 SKU’s.
Microsoft Windows 8 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32 Edition
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 Edition
Though the list contains the supposed editions of Windows 8,it can very well be just a documentation filler and completely wrong as well,or if it’s really true then it might be some of the finalized SKU’s for Windows 8.We will hopefully soon get the answers from the officials about the same.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is less than a week away.We can “expect” to see the SKU’s in the consumer preview builds.For that we have to wait for 29th February.Stay tuned for all the Windows 8 and Microsoft related MWC 2012 coverage next week.
With the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview a handful days away, HP, another computer giant, is preparing itself for Windows 8. And by the look of it, HP will be selling products that will use Microsoft’s OS by the end of the year. According to its quarterly financial conference call with analysts which took place today, the company CEO Meg Whitman said that HP “will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays.”
She also said that,
“we’re rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that’s out on time for holiday.”
Which seem to suggest that Whitman might be concerned of the Windows 8 launch date, but since she was speaking to the financial analysts, then it’s perhaps in her and HP’s best business interest to have a options open just in case Microsoft decides to change its Windows 8 launch window.
In Whitman’s speech, an important point to note is that, HP does not expect to have any ARM-based Windows 8 products by the end of 2012. With Microsoft recently stating, that it currently plans to launch the ARM version around the same time as the x86 port, it remains to be seen, how HP will cope up with this. Although, most people won’t be awestruck if Microsoft decided to hold off on a Windows 8 ARM launch until after the regular X86 version comes out.