Lenovo Group Ltd. has reportedly teamed up with the NVIDIA Corporation for the first time to create a convertible Windows RT tablet. NVIDIA will be providing the NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor on which the device could run. Moreover, the upcoming device is expected to feature a keyboard that may be flipped to effectively allow the device to be turned into a tablet. It could be similar to the IdeaPad Yoga, a product introduced by Lenovo this year that will run on Windows 8 and an Intel CPU insead of an ARM-based processor.
If the rumor about the new tablet is correct, the device could go head-to-head with Microsoft which had unveiled the Surface tablet, a slate with a keyboard cover that also runs on Windows RT. Apart from Lenovo, Microsoft and Asustek are the only two companies currently working on devices powered by the Tegra mobile processor. In a larger scale, of course, the rumored Lenovo device will also have to compete with the Apple iPad.
In related news, Lenovo has just recently unveiled the ThinkPad Tablet 2 in New York which is targeted at the enterprise segment. The ThinkPad Tablet 2, for its part, has an Intel Atom processor and Windows 8 operating system. During the launch of the ThinkPad Tablet 2, Lenovo did not reveal anything about the possible Win RT tablet except for some hints that it could offer that device.
Thanks to the new Windows RT which arrives this coming October, companies like Lenovo are given more space to explore possibilities in mobile computing. Windows RT is the first Windows version that is capable of running on Tegra 3 processors based on ARM Holdings PLC architecture instead of Intel, which has been the norm for some time. NVIDIA has been given the green light by ARM in the form of a license to create new Windows devices along with three other companies.