Lenovo, Acer Planning Wintel Tablets in 2012: Report
Tablets running Microsoft Windows 8 and Intel Clover Trail chips-and built by Lenovo and Acer-are reportedly in the works.Computer makers Lenovo and Acer are reportedly planning to release tablet devices running the Windows 8 platform from Microsoft and sporting Intel chips known as Clover Trail. A DigiTimes report quoted sources in the "upstream supply chain" as saying that PC players are putting more hope on Intel's Clover Trail platform as Medfield, designed by Intel for Android-based smartphones and tablet PCs, is "eclipsed by ARM-based processors in terms of performance and power saving." The report also says the combined Windows and Intel (Wintel) tablets could be available in the third quarter, finding strong demand in the enterprise as tablet sales grow and users familiar with Microsoft applications look for a platform they are familiar with. Acer and Lenovo join other technology giants, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft mobile platform partner Nokia in their plans for a Windows-based tablet to rival Apple's iPad. Apple continues to lead the overall tablet market with close to 70 percent market share worldwide.
While the tablet market continues to expand, several companies have had less than stellar results following their investment in this space, including HP and BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion, which recently reduced the price for all of its PlayBook tablets, ranging the 16GB model to the 64GB version, to $299 in hopes of spurring sales. The company said the sale would end Feb. 4.