Windows 8, the next version of the Microsoft's PC operating system, which will be out on October 26, 2012 is reportedly being integrated by many major manufacturers. The devices powered by the Windows 8 operating system will be launched after the release of the platform on the above said date.
As of now, the only official products that have been confirmed to run the Windows 8 OS are the Microsoft Surface and the Asus Tablet 600. However, the Mountain View Valley company has confirmed that many other manufacturers will be making use of the ARM friendly operating system to create new PCs.
Specifically, Samsung, Dell and Lenovo are confirmed as Windows RT hardware partners alongside Asus. The one big manufacturer missing from the list is HP, the number PC manufacturer, which has mentioned earlier, that it not make ARM tablets initially, as it needs to focus on business oriented tablets based on Intel.
Interestingly, these four manufacturers are not just bringing tablets based on Windows RT, but their offering will be complete laptops equipped with trackpads and keyboards.
A report by TheVerge has suggested, "We've also received our first battery life estimates: according to testing on early production PCs with 10.1- to 11.6-inch screens and 25 to 42 Whr batteries. In tests running full-screen HD video while synced to a single email account, the models achieved 8 to 13 hours of runtime.
In a "connected standby" state that leaves the computer in a low-power standby state while remaining "always on and always connected," the machines pulled off 320 to 409 hours of battery life. In terms of performance, the Windows RT computers are said to be achieving 60fps during the operating system's (many) animations, and touchpad gestures are now natively supported in the firmware. We'll have to test it all for ourselves, of course, but everyone will be happy to see improved touchpad performance.”
The report goes on stating that the exact date of when these Windows RT PCs can be expected are not known, but Microsoft has announced that the OS has reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) build, indicating that it is complete.