Windows 8 has served over 60 million licenses within months of its launch.But one of the executive’s of Samsung which is one of the most important hardware partner for Windows feels ,Windows 8 is no better than Vista!
As reported earlier by Korea Times Samsung’s head of Memory chip business,Jun Dong Soo,who recently spoke to the reporters said that,”The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8,” he said. “I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform.”
He added to it by saying that the Surface also had a lackluster start as far as the number of sales goes,mostly due to the less competitive Windows Platform.
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.
It’s been a busy week as far as samsung is concerned.At the recent IFA event in Berlin they showcased several of their upcoming devices along with some of the prototype devices like the dual screen laptop which we reported about yesterday.
But that is not the only Samsung prototype which made it to the IFA event.One of the series 9 laptop prototype from the company which was spotted at the event.The laptop running on Windows 8 sported a kind of a retina display with resolution of 2560×1440(WQHD resolution) for its 13″ display size with a matte finish,which is a huge step forward as compared to the existing Series 9 laptops from Samsung which sport a maximum resolution of 1,600 x 900.
Though it still falls short to the Apple’s Mac Book Pro Retina Display which marks the resolution of 2880×1800,but is still a better one than many other competitors ultrabooks.Since this is also a prototype device like the dual screen display laptop,there are no details about the release date or a price point for this one.
One of the prototype devices they showed was a dual screen device running on Windows 8 operating system.The prototype sported a slick design which would give the Macbook Air and the other Ultrabooks from the competitors in the market,it sports a brushed metal, palm rest to go with it a chiclet-style keys,there is a camera on the bezel above the screen.
When you close the laptop ,it turns on the display on the hood. So on the inner screen you get to use a full fledged laptop,while on the outside screen you get the tablet interface to go with a proprietary stylus(S-Pen)and a rear facing camera.But due to the fact that it has a dual screen it weighs comparatively heavier than the other ultrabooks in the market.
Since the device is still in rhe prototype stage,there is no confirmation about the pricing and the availability of this device from Samsung,if they are planning to release such a device in near future.
A couple of days ago we reported about a recent rumor floating around the web about Microsoft supposedly pricing the Windows RT based Surface Tablet for a $199 price tag for the October 26th launch.Though that is still a rumor,but that’s reason enough for the other manufacturers to start raising concerns about it.
As reported earlier by Digitimes,the other manufacturers who will be bringing their own version of Windows 8 based tablets at the launch,are worried about this rumor and if it turns out to be true,then they will be wiped out from the tablet and notebooks competition.
According to their sources, Microsoft is trying and therefore is trying to achieve at least 30% share in the tablet PC market and a $199 price tag would definitely help them to achieve that goal.They added that,if the rumor turns out to be true,then the manufacturers who have a vested interest in the Windows RT based tablets like Dell,Samsung,Lenovo and Asus will eventually stop making ARM based products and leave that segment to the Software Giant.
Currently there are two tablets in the same price range with Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire,so if the rumor turns out to be true then,it would definitely affect their sales as well as the other Windows RT based tablets sales would be affected .
So far we have known two of the Windows RT based tablets coming this year,One from Asus with their Asus tablet 600 and the other one from the Software Giant itself with the release of Surface Win RT based tablet launching with the public release of Windows 8.
Apart from that there weren’t any official word on any other manufacturers playing the Windows RT Card.But there were rumors about some of the leading hardware partners of Microsoft are prepping their version of ARM tablets for Windows 8.
Now,in a recent post at their Building Windows 8 Blog Microsoft has confirmed that Samsung,Dell and Lenovo are all set to bring their version of Windows RT based tablets soon.Though the article didn’t go into detailed specifications or the pricing details of these ARM based devices but these are targeted for a lower price range,while the traditional Intel and AMD based tablets will target the higher price range with the likes of Surface Pro Tablet which will be launched at a later timeline.
Microsoft has already said that the pricing of Windows 8/Windows RT based Tablets will be competitive with the existing tablets in the market and with the high end tablets competing with the Ultrabooks with the help of add on Keyboards.
We have been hearing a lot of rumors about the ARM based Windows RT tablets.Over the past few days we have reported about the future of Windows RT platform is a bit blur at the moment as many of the biggies like HP staying away from the platform for the launch.
But according to the recent reports from bloomberg, we might see quite a few of the ARM based tablets running on Windows RT platform by the time Windows 8/RT launches for the public.According to their sources Samsung has made a handheld device based on Windows RT,but an official public announcement haven’t yet been made by Samsung.The device is said to debut along with Windows 8 release in October.
There is nothing much known about the tablet expect for the fact that this will be the first one to run on a ARM processor based on Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.So if this turns out to be true then we will see a couple of ARM based tablets at launch with Microsoft’s own Surface Tablet based on Windows RT(powered by Nvidia’s Tegra processor) and the likes of Samsung and Asus.
Computex even is buzzing with the word Windows 8,with an array of devices from Acer,Asus,Lenovo have already been demonstrated,so how can Samsung,one of the prime Windows 8 partners stay behind.
At Computex Samsung showcased their Hybrid Series 5 Tablet.The tablet will be powered by an Intel based Clover Trail Processor and like the other tablets we saw yesterday it also sports a detachable keyboard,but this one is quite different from the others,since its a magnetic keyboard.Talking about the Display it will sport a 11.1 ” display screen with a possible 1080P resolution support.
The battery life is expected to be 10 hours.Along with two camera’s one 8 megapixel and the other one with 2 megapixel resolution.Talking about the connectivity ports it has USIM Slot,USB Port and a Card Reader.It will also come with a modified version of S-Pen and S-Memo software which is currently present in their Galaxy Note.
This is an early build of the device so we can expect some changes to the device.Again no time frame and pricing details were hinted at the demonstration,we can expect the pricing details and detailed specifications in coming days.
It’s been a while since we last posted about upcoming Windows 8 tablets slated for launch in the second half of this year.Earlier we reported about Dell,Asus and even HP for that matter planning on bringing the Windows 8 tablet along with Samsung.
According to recent reports from Digitimes two more biggies from the computer industry will be joining the league for the Windows 8 tablet in Q3 2012,Lenovo and Acer would probably bring the Intel’s Clover Trail platform based Windows 8 tablet in the later half of this year,if their upstream Supply Chain sources are to be believed.
According to the sources,
Intel is set to unveil its Medfield processor, designed specifically for Android-based smartphones and tablet PCs, in the first half of 2012. But as Medfield is eclipsed by ARM-based processors in terms of performance and power saving, PC players are putting more hope on Intel’s Clover Trail platform.
So it’s believed that the PC makers would bank on the Clover Trail platform to bring the Windows 8 tablets into the market which is currently held by Apple’s iPad in terms of tablet marketshare.So the launch of Windows 8 with multiple biggies like Dell,Acer,Lenovo,Samsung war of the Tablets is on the Horizon.
The Big Question when the Windows 8 Tablet launch next year would be what price tag would it get for the launch keeping in mind that it would be coming from different manufacturers like Samsung,Dell,HP and others who see the Windows 8 Tablet on their roadmap.
ZDNet conducted a survey actually a poll of a sorts to see what price point the end users are expecting and willing to shell out money from their pockets.According to the survey the highest price range which got maximum percentage of votes 38% is the 300-399$ price range,while 27% people think that the Windows 8 tablet should be priced at 400-599$ price range.Some highly optimistic 19% users voted in for less than 199$ price tag,while some crazy fanboys are ready to shell out over 800-900$ for the Windows 8 tablet.
If we take a look the current tablet pricing from various platforms like Android and iOS,Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablet which is selling like hot cakes these days costs 199$ while the market is filled with many entry level as well as high end android tablets the market is still pretty much tilted towards the iPad Tablet which costs over 499 $ all the way to the over 800$ for the costliest one from Apple.
ZDNet feels that the sweet spot for the Windows 8 tablet would be around the 499$ mark and we couldn’t agree more,the 499$ mark would be the starting price tag for the lower end Windows 8 (entry level) tablets if they have to make any impact on the market which is currently under Apple’s Shadow.Well for that to happen,we have to wait and watch !