Samsung, Toshiba, & Lenovo to lead Windows 8 ARM charge - in mid 2013?

Samsung, Toshiba, & Lenovo to lead Windows 8 ARM charge - in mid 2013?
The venders and OEMs that will bring the world the first Windows 8 tablets based on the ARM architecture are being finalized now, according to industry suppliers. Lenovo, Toshiba, and Samsung to the be the first wave of OEMs to bring the ARM slates to market, while chip-makers Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, and NVIDIA will be supplying the guts.

Microsoft apparently selected the chipset manufacturers and then empowered the chip-makers to each choose two OEMs to work with, a major partner and a minor partner. Qualcomm is reported to have chosen Samsung as its lead manufacturer, based on Samsung’s current expertise in the mobile devices market.

Texas Instruments selected Toshiba as their main OEM, while NVIDIA has selected Lenovo, possibly with an eye at the rapidly growing Chinese market. Secondary partners included Sony and Acer (and Samsung again). Interestingly, ASUS seems to be left off the list all together.

Then again, there may be plenty of time for ASUS or other partners to gear to produce a Windows 8 slate, as reports are surfacing that Windows tablets based on ARM chips may not reach consumers until the middle of 2013. Why would this happen? Windows 8 isn’t expected before Q4 of next year, and if Microsoft has to concentrate on the x86 version to ensure it ships on time, it may be that it’ll take another 3-6 months before the ARM version is ready for prime time.

Anyone excited about these combinations of chips and OEMs for a Windows 8 tablet? How do you feel about waiting 18 months to get one?

source: Digitimes and SlashGear

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10 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

i guess its worth waiting

2. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

"...based on Samsung’s current expertise in the mobile devices market." That's an understatement lol Samsung FTW!!! even with Windows' relatively unpopular platform =)

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

2013?? Damn....

4. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

2013 that's a FAIL right there

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ARM is the smarter way to go for phone app compatibility and extended battery life. x86 is the better way to go for PC compatibility and better over all power. Im so torn. I think IBM's push into the ultra mobile device sector with x86 is going to be a complete failure (price, compatibility issues with mobile apps, power issues) and ARM will eventually push its way into netbooks and laptops with cortex A15 and beyond catching up to (low end) PC like power but still giving great battery life.... but I want a tablet with PC functionality and power now, and that can only be delivered with x86. OI.

6. TheInfamousCJ

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

For once I agree with you, if x86 win8 tablets hit the market it will be right Around the time I look to replace my recent purchase of hp win7 desktop; shes a beauty. The only sad thing is we will see Qualcomm processors in Samsung and Sony tablets, I much prefer to see Nvidia and TI but hey maybe Qualcomm will surprise us and go against the grain. I would be delighted if I saw Qualcomm produce a high end product that doesn't lag behind its competitors. As it stand Samsung, TI, and Nvidia round out the winners' circle. P.S. Remixfa since Samsung failed to supply the galaxy nexus with exynos chips whats the odds of Samsung manufacturing the T mobile g3. I would like to see 1.5.-2 ghz exynos or possibly exynos quad core, HD screen, 8 gb internal memory 1.5 ram. But I really see lg getting the nod with their own HD screen, 8gb internal, 1- 1.5 ram and the Nvidia quad core. Anyways what are your thoughts on a cool vanilla android device alternative to the galaxy nexus?

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

My educated guess is they couldnt promise enough supply of the Exynos chips to make google happy and went with TI as a solid second place chip. Gotta remember, most of the exynos chips samsung makes are actually A5 chips inside of the iphone4s. They did however recently finish that chip factory and were promising a lot more supply. Enough to licence out the chip to others or so they said. As far as the exynos 4212 and 5xxx chips (2nd gen dual core/ quad core respectively), I would love to get my hands on them. Samsung is promising the same power and a hair more from the 4212 dual core that Qualcom is promising with their first gen Krait quad cores.. The 5xxx quad core exynos is going to be so far ahead of qualcom, its probably going to be a sad joke. Thats not saying the krait is going to be crap... but I think it will end up being the last place quad core (power wise). Of course, even in a race between a Porsche, a Lambo, and a Ferrari.. one of them is bound to be last place. The best non-nexus phone is still a REAL (aka Exynos only) SGS2. Samsung has a wide embrace of the mod community, so there is a ROM for everyone.. including stock and ICS mods (though not stable for ICS yet) for the SGS2. Its still the most powerful handset on the planet right now and with all eyes on the Nexus, it might even go on sale. If your in a position like me.. On Tmo, unwilling to put a crapdragon Hercules in your pocket and unsure if we are ever gonna see the nexus, I'd say just wait. There is still the off chance of the Samsung Note on the horizon (1.5ghz Exynos and 720p screen), and all the goodies this year is going to promise. Also, dont forget T3 enhanced sets will be out in Q1.. which is only a few weeks from now. :)

8. droidguy2323

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

Buy 2013 ipads will have an OSX system on it with 8 cores running final cut pro 12 like its angry birds.Seriously don't rush the tablet but please hurry.

9. jojobells

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

But the world is ending in 2012.. :)

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Damn Microsoft please speed things up if you can. You have business people and private citizens out there ready willing and able to buy your windows 8 Tablets and by the way if you can make windows 8 tablets capable of using windows phone 7 Apps so those who buy a windows 8 tablet computer have thousands of apps to use on it. hey get it together baby time is not on your side

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