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Asus and Lenovo get ready to launch Windows 8 tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

August 1 2012

Windows 8 tablets are edging ever closer to market, with Asus and Lenovo having filed Windows 8 tablet designs with the FCC over the last week.

Asus filed two transformable Windows 8 tablets with the FCC over the last week, first with what is said to be the Tablet 600 (model number TF600T) and then with the 11.6-inch Tablet 810 (TF810C), according to Engadget.

Both of these tablets debuted at Taiwan’s Computex exhibition in June and are reportedly WiFi-only. The Tablet 600 model is ARM-powered so will run Windows RT, while the Tablet 810 design has an Intel CPU and will come with a Wacom stylus.

Across the river and mainland Chinese rival Lenovo has also been preparing a Windows 8 tablet. A Windows 8 version of the firm's ThinkPad tablet was discovered at the FCC this week and although few product details were revealed, the image shows that the tablet will bear the logos of Windows and Intel.

The ThinkPad tablet has a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, the Intel Clover Trail CPU and dual-facing cameras (a 2MP camera on the front, 8MP on the back).

Windows 8 is due to launch to the general public alongside the Surface tablets on 26 October, although the operating system will make its way to Windows 8 hardware manufacturers in early August.

Most market researchers expect the OS to be a slow burner in the tablet market initially, before becoming a more direct competitor for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in the coming years.

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