Microsoft has already unveiled its latest operating system Windows 8 and the next-generation software has been informed by the company to be released on October 26, 2012. Reportedly, major manufacturers of the tech world are also planning to come up with a slew of ARM tablets, i.e. Windows RT tablets. The companies are gearing up for new tablet lines in an attempt to directly position them as a competitor in the tablet market to the likes of Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Earlier this week, Gizbot carried a report stating that the Microsoft Surface tablet could be priced as low as $199, giving direct competition to the recently launch Google-branded Asus-made Nexus 7.
Now Lenovo, the world's second largest PC manufacturer has thrown some light on the pricing of the upcoming Windows RT tablets.
According to a Bloomberg report, in an interview with David Schmoock, head of Lenovo’s North America operations, he informed that “RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points. It will do well but it’s going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with.”
He further went on saying, “Windows 8 based devices costing between $600 to $700 price range, will offer more compatibility to other Windows software, and will be focused on enterprises, while RT priced $200 to $300 less than the Windows 8 devices, will be best suited for the consumers. “
For those who are not aware, Microsoft unveiled three editions of its next Windows products, namely, the consumer-friendly Windows 8, the more advanced and versatile Windows 8 Pro and the tablet-friendly Windows RT.
The company informed during the launch that the Windows RT is a version of Windows that will run on devices powered by ARM-based chips, which are used in a lot of tablets today (including the iPad but not phones, since those run Windows Phone) as they offer longer battery life than the Intel-type processors used in traditional PCs.
Hence, the Mountain View Valley company is planning to debut its best bets to compete with challengers including the Apple iPad and Intel based Ultrabooks.
Till now, Apple iPads have been the hottest sellers in the tablet segment, however analysts are predicting that the situation in on averge to change drastically, as the ARM-based Windows RT tablets may pose the biggest threat to Apple, Samsung dominance. Reason being, the upcoming OS supports both ARM and x86chips leading to more options for the buyers in terms of price, performance and battery life.
With these information on the specifications and price tag, will the Surface tablets (Windows RT tablets) challenge the Apple iPad, the dominator in the tablet market? Share your thoughts through comments.
At the same time, the tech media world is talking about the upcoming Surface tablet, which is expected to have a 10.6 inch ClearType high definition display, micro SD card slot and USB 2.0 support. It will run in the Windows RT version and will be powered by ARM chipset, available in 32 GB and 64 GB versions. On the other hand, the Windows 8 Pro version will be powered by Ivy Bridge processors and will come in 64 GB and 128 GB versions.
And how can the source the news break be ignored. Talking about Lenovo, the second largest PC manufacturer in the world has already been confirmed as a Windows RT partner, and speculations are rife that Yogapad tablet will run on Windows RT OS.