Win 8 Tablets

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    I almost purchased the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet this past January, but changed my mind and decided to wait for a Windows 8 tablet instead. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet, for what I can see, is one of the best tablets around and one that I can use for work and play, but what I really like is the Quad processor.

    I have been searching around the internet about Windows 8 tablets news, but so far there are a lot of rumors, but nothing specific. Though many companies have plans for Win 8 tablets, none have been specific as to specs. It’ll be nice to know if someone here has any news about Win 8 tablets that he/she can share.
     
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    The Transformer Prime looks really nice at first glance, here's a link for anyone that hasn't seen it: http://eee.asus.com/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/. If Windows 8 starts to appear on tablets like that (which I'm sure it will), then I think we'll start to see Windows tablets finally take off. As much as I'm not a fan of the Metro UI, I'm sure it must work really well on hardware like this.

    It looks like someone at ZDNet also wants to see Windows 8 on the Asus Transformer Prime:
    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/mobile-news/what-i-want-asus-transformer-prime-running-windows-8/6338

    I'll be following this thread closely to see what tablets start to appear over the coming year :).
     
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    Another good thing that the transformer has going for it, apart from its quad-core processor, is that the optional keyboard/dock has an extra battery that can extend battery life for up to 18 hours. When the tablet battery is discharged, you can recharge it using the keyboard/dock without connecting to an electrical outlet. So for sure, this will be one of my options for a Win 8 tablet.

    But another tablet worth looking at is the Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA, a “multi-mode notebook”. You can get a pick at http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1551. What I like about this particular notebook (or tablet) is that it can be used as a tablet, as well as a notebook. This particular model is due to come out mid this year, but not sure if it’ll come out with Win 7, with the free option to upgrade to Win 8.

    The main difference between the two above tablets is that the transformer can be used without the keyboard. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga will cost more, but with a 256 SSD the difference in price is understandable.
     
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    There are rumors that Microsoft will be releasing its own Windows 8 tablet late 2012. I really see that as a possibility considering that Microsoft has its own brand name hardware, including the Xbox.
     
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    Here is nice concept; smart phone and tablet combination. This concept is from ASUS. Not sure if it will be offer with Windows 8, but it provides a glimpse of future tablets that may be taken advantage from the new OS late this year.

    http://event.asus.com/mobile/padfone/
     
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    This is a cool article/video about Windows 8 running on a tablet…an older HP TouchSmart tm2. It provides a good idea of how Windows 8 will look and feel. I feel confident that this new OS will be excellent for tablets and I can’t wait to get my hands on a new tablet with this new look.

    http://mashable.com/2012/03/04/windows-8-tablet-video/
     
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    According to the article below, there are rumors that “Asus is eyeing Windows 8 for the next version of its Eee Pad Transformer”. This new Eee Pad Transformer will be thinner than the current model and if it’s offer with the current Quad-Core processor, it’ll be one of the best tablets available for Windows 8.

    I’ve had my eyes on this tablet for a while now and if it’s in fact offer with Windows 8, it’ll be my first choice for a tablet.

    Click here to read the article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/230202/asus_may_put_windows_8_in_next_eee_pad_transformer_tablet.html

    Eee Pad Transformer: http://www.asus.com/Eee/Eee_Pad/Eee_Pad_Transformer_Prime_TF201/
     
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    Here are some requirements Microsoft has placed for manufactures designing Windows 8 tablets. One of those requirements (convertible) will create an advantage over the iPad in a sense that the tablet may be more feasible for business and gamers users alike. In my line of work, for example, which requires a lot of travel I can’t afford to carry both a laptop and tablet. A convertible tablet/laptop would be the ideal equipment in my case.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-5...ys-out-window-8-tablet-hardware-requirements/
     
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    As of now Windows 8 will run on ARM processors as well as x86 CPUs. As I understand it, an ARM tablet will have a much longer battery life than an x86, but won't be able to run desktop applications that many of us have been accustomed to install.

    I am not too familiar with the ARM architecture and paid little attention to it until recently when Microsoft stated that Windows 8 would run on ARM tablets. Does anyone here has any idea as far as the advantages and disadvantages of an ARM tablet vs an x86 tablet?
     
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    When Windows 7 was in beta mode, manufactures were offering Windows Vista with free upgrade to Windows 7. So far I have not seen any manufacture offering computers running Windows 7 a free Windows 8 upgrade offer. Windows 8, for the most part, will run on a Windows 7 computer without updating the hardware and (IMO) it may be to the manufacture’s advantage to make such offer. I for one have been eying the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet since it was introduced at this year’s CES. The new model, rumor to be available with Windows 8, will supposedly be thinner/lighter; I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase one with Windows 7 with a free Windows 8 update.
     
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    According to this report Windows 8 may be released in October. http://mashable.com/2012/03/20/windows-8-october/

    Lenevo, may be releasing the first Windows 8 tablet that same month. We still don't know the details, but Lenevo did introduce the IdeaPad YOGA at this year's CES running Windows 8...so all bets are that we will see the IdeaPad YOGA running the final version of Windows 8 by October this year.;) http://mashable.com/2012/01/09/chameleon-computer-lenovo-ideapad-yoga-twists-into-tablet-pics/
     
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    Is Microsoft after Apple…again? I still remember way back when Microsoft had a huge edge over Apple until the iPhone and the iPod came around. Since then, Microsoft had been playing the catch-up game, sometimes rushing its product, i.e. Windows Vista, in the quest to become number one. Will Windows 8 help Microsoft to once again become the dominant player when it comes to computer and entertainment? Only time will tell, but I believe that tablets with Windows 8, as opposed to tablets with Windows 7, will sell huge. Three main reasons; the OS is primarily gear towards tablets, tablet manufactures are learning from the iPad, and technology advances during the last five years has allowed for better and less expensive consumer devices.

    Many consumers are searching for an iPad alternative and I believe Windows 8 will be a great alternative…and perhaps, in some cases, a better alternative. I can’t wait for October time frame to come around; it’ll be exciting to see what a Windows 8 tablet will look and feel.

    Here’s a good article about Windows 8 tablet: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/318464/20120323/windows-8-tablets-ipad-3-retina-display.htm
     
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