Microsoft: Dell, Lenovo and Samsung will launch Windows RT devices

By on August 13, 2012, 5:00 PM

Dell, Lenovo and Samsung have joined Asus (and Microsoft) in the list of companies that are confirmed to have Windows RT systems in the pipeline. News of the confirmed manufacturers comes directly from Microsoft although as The Verge points out, HP’s name is glaringly missing among the other PC builders.

Following the introduction of Microsoft’s Surface tablets in June, HP told Bloomberg they will initially only be building Intel-based business notebooks, citing input from their customers. They feel that the established x86 platform provides the best customer experience at this time and in the immediate future.

Microsoft points out that it won’t just be ARM-friendly tablets coming from these manufacturers. Some will be producing full-sized notebooks complete with keyboard and track pads, according to Redmond.

We also are now hearing some of the early battery estimates that we can expect to see with Windows RT devices. Systems with 10.1-inch to 11.6-inch displays and 25 to 42 Whr batteries have been good for between eight to 13 hours of runtime. Tests were conducted running full-screen HD video while the system was synched to a single e-mail account. Microsoft also notes that in a “connected standby” mode, systems were able to achieve between 320 and 409 hours of battery life.

As for performance, we are hearing that Windows RT systems are capable of 60fps during operating system animations and that touchpad gestures are now supported natively in the firmware. The OS has now hit the RTM build so it’s only a matter of time before we’ll start to see some early systems show up.




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Guest said:

While I really hate the direction MS is taking with Windows, of the four launch devices, I'll take the Samsung.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

While I really hate the direction MS is taking with Windows, of the four launch devices, I'll take the Samsung.

Yeah I hate it too when companies decide to completely Innovate all of their products and sell them at more competitive prices. I'll stick with the tried and true asus though.

jmachado jmachado said:

I'm sure that Windows RT isn't going to kill the Apple giant, but I sure as hell see it killing Android quite thoroughly.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

I'm sure that Windows RT isn't going to kill the Apple giant, but I sure as hell see it killing Android quite thoroughly.

I don't see it. Microsoft has been making a lot of ground swell about all of this, and the main selling point of Apple products is "buy us, we're freaking Apple! Duh!". If Microsoft did a good job it will steal some of Apple's reputation as the new big brand name. Android's selling point is more of an open source, you can do whatever you want selling point, I don't think it will steal much of its thunder.

jmachado jmachado said:

I'm sure that Windows RT isn't going to kill the Apple giant, but I sure as hell see it killing Android quite thoroughly.

I don't see it. Microsoft has been making a lot of ground swell about all of this, and the main selling point of Apple products is "buy us, we're freaking Apple! Duh!". If Microsoft did a good job it will steal some of Apple's reputation as the new big brand name. Android's selling point is more of an open source, you can do whatever you want selling point, I don't think it will steal much of its thunder.

If Samsung, for example, were to release the Galaxy with both the Android and Windows RT, which OS would an average 1st time consumer choose? Would they pick Android, an OS unfamiliar to them, or an OS that in their minds is the exact same Windows 8 that's running in their PCs at home?

scorpian007 said:

I hope it kills Android tablets. They're so buggy, unpolished, and just generally shit to use. I do like my Android phone however.

ReederOnTheRun ReederOnTheRun said:

If Samsung, for example, were to release the Galaxy with both the Android and Windows RT, which OS would an average 1st time consumer choose? Would they pick Android, an OS unfamiliar to them, or an OS that in their minds is the exact same Windows 8 that's running in their PCs at home?

Right now android phones are at about a 50% market share for US smartphones (iOS is somewhere around 35ish%). So what would they be more familiar with on a mobile platform, a well established mobile operating system or a desktop operating system with no mobile experience? Consider that most people accurately describe tablets as overgrown cell phones without the phone. Now, if the rumor is true that it will be sold for $199 it'll definitely compete with android, but both it and android will still be raking in apple's costumers (A big selling point for both would be that they are making ipad level products at kindle level prices). The only thing apple can really do is sell the ipad mini for $199 too, but even then they'd still have to compete to keep their costumers.

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