Is Chinese vendor Huawei working on an affordable Windows 8 slate?

by Doug Drinkwater

April 25 2012

The rumors on Windows 8 are heating up, with Chinese vendor Huawei now said to be preparing a 4G LTE Windows 8 tablet and a slew of phones running Windows 8 Phone.

Huawei has been building a solid reputation outside of China lately, and having received praise for its Ascend smartphones and MediaPad tablets, the firm is now reportedly looking to get involved with Windows 8 phones and tablets.

According to a Chinese site named WPDang, the company has ushered 70 engineers and designers together to put together a Windows Phone 8 device by the end of 2012, with the source also claiming that the vendor is taking a serious look at building a 4G LTE Windows 8 tablet.

Although nothing more is known at this stage, the suggestion that the budget-conscious Huawei could be interested in making a tablet running Microsoft's latest operating system could be good news for Windows 8 tablet prices, which have been rumored by some to start from $599 - around $100 more than the cheapest iPad. That said, there has also been some suggestion of sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets, a price-point which is more likely to interest the likes of Huawei. 

The Chinese manufacturer is not the first hardware vendor to be linked with making a Windows 8 tablet; the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo and even Nokia are all said to have plans in place to launch a Microsoft-powered slate at some point before the end of 2012.

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