Microsoft’s Windows 8 RT tablets are a few months away from an official release, and the company apparently is very strict with its approach. If reports are to be believed, the company is allowing chip makers like NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to work with only two manufacturers. This means that you won’t see the market crowded with a lot of Windows 8 RT tablets initially. Windows 8 RT is the low end version of Microsoft’s new OS, with Windows 8 Pro featuring high end hardware. So it is quite essential that Microsoft deals with the whole process carefully, as users will be more inclined to purchase an RT tablet. There seem to be a total of five manufacturers working on Windows RT tablets, which is not a small amount by any means. Microsoft will look to other OEMs once these tablets are launched on a wider scale.
Qualcomm will partner with Samsung and HP, but HP seems to have backed out so it is believed that Dell is being considered. NVIDIA on the other hand will supply the Tegra chips to makers like Lenovo and ASUS, both known for Windows notebooks and Android tablets. Texas Instruments has apparently chosen to partner with Toshiba. This is the first time that a comprehensive list of OEMs for the Windows RT tablets have been mentioned. Microsoft’s Surface RT will grab all the attention though, and the OEMs will want to spice up their tablets with some unique customization (design wise of course). These Windows RT tablets are expected to be announced by manufacturers at the CES event early next year, according to Unwired View.
The Surface tablets managed to blow us all away by the design and the specs, although a specific launch date would have been better. With the tablet game expected to heat up in the coming days, we can expect Microsoft getting fierce competition from the already popular Nexus 7 and the iPad although they’re in a different category altogether. The Surface RT won’t go easy on the customer’s wallets though, with prices expected to be approximately $500. Considering these are the prices for Microsoft’s low end version of the tablet, people aren’t too excited about the prospects. The high end Surface Pro however is priced along the lines of a full-fledged laptop. So it is important for OEMs like Samsung, Lenovo, Toshiba to jump in and make these devices more appealing and attractive to potential buyers.