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Report: Intel-powered Win 8 Tablets in Stores by November

Windows 8 is widely believed to be coming this October and apparently the first Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets are going to be hitting stores the following month. CNet cites a source familiar with device makers' plans in reporting that we should see Wintel tablets running Windows 8 in November.

CNet's source says the schedule is tight, with Windows 8 needing to support four or five architectures, but a slew of 32nm Clover Trail devices are expected in time for the holiday season. This person says we can expect more than a dozen devices, with half of them being convertible or hybrid devices.

We heard earlier this year that Lenovo is hoping to beat everyone to the punch by launching the first ever Windows 8 slate in late 2012. Back in March, the Verge cited a source that said Lenovo was internally planning to launch the first Windows 8 tablet and this source said that it would be an Intel device.

Though Lenovo showed off the IdeaPad Yoga at CES 2012, which won one of our CES 2012 awards, but it's unlikely that this Windows 8 tablet/convertible is among the designs CNet's source was talking about. While the IdeaPad Yoga is powered by an Intel CPU, Lenovo has mentioned Intel's Core family of processors for this Windows 8 machine and CNet's source didn't touch on that market segment, just devices based on Clover Trail (Atom).

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  • theconsolegamer
    Lenovo has mentioned Intel's Core family of processors for this Windows 8 machine and CNet's source didn't touch on that market segment, just devices based on Clover Trail (Atom). *pukes*
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  • zachusaman
    so does this mean intel is finally going to drop those stupid ultrabooks and focus on something with actual value?
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  • getreal
    WAKE ME UP WHEN SOMEONE RELEASES A REAL IPAD COMPETITOR!!!!!!

    (This isn't it. Keep dreaming / being mad / crying A LOT on here with your $hit cryDroid products).
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  • phamhlam
    I will be ready to drop ~$1,200 on a i5 Ivy Bridge, HD 4000, 16000x900+, 8+ hours battery, x86 tablet from Samsung. I don't want a ultrabook nor do I need a laptop after having a desktop.
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  • ProDigit10
    Don't buy them, you're guaranteed to waste money on them, and not like them!
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  • nieur
    i am getting one
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  • phamhlam
    Lets pray that these tablets are stuck with crappy intel atom chips, 1GB of RAM, and a spinning hdd at 5400 rpm.
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  • del35
    Wont buy a lockyouin iCrap. And prefer Windows. So waiting.
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  • Yadhu
    After seeing the developer preview which caused me a big headache i doubt Win 8
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  • DaddyW123
    so I'm sure I'm not supposed to say anything "because the guy stated NDA" - I was in a meeting recently with a couple Microsoft technicians on an unrelated project, and one of them showed me an unreleased Samsung tablet running a core i5 with Windows 8. It was very responsive but also freaken huge (had to be 12 or 13 inch) and heavy. But it would have to be that large if they want to be a desktop/laptop replacement. It also was NOT that intuitive to use. They said it would come with a training video on where/how to swipe in order to do everything. Don't get me wrong, once you get used to it I'm sure it would become second nature, but having to watch a video on how to use a consumer product doesn't instill confidence in me. The reason Apple is so successful is because their stuff is so easy anyone can pick it up and use it within a matter of a few minutes of playing. And no, I'm not an apple fanboy. I just hope Microsoft does better with this than I think they actually will.

    I also gave them a little crap about taking away the start menu and they just rolled their eyes. they said "oh you wouldn't believe how angry people are!" yeah, no kidding, you think you know better than what the public actually wants. Unfortunately I couldn't on the offensive about it because we have to work with these people on that project but god I wanted to lay into them. Give me what I want, not what YOU think I should have!
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