WinRT spreads to the major vendors after they touched the Surface

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2012 - 11:54 AM |
Tagged: winRT, asus, dell, Lenovo, Samsung, microsoft, arm

When Microsoft released their Surface tablet/notebook, the tech community wondered if this move by a software company would upset the Tier 1 hardware vendors who might not want the competition.  That discussion was ended when Microsoft announced that Surface was a proof of concept and would be released in very limited qualities.  Today The Inquirer reports on upcoming mobile devices running on ARM hardware and WinRT from all the major vendors, giving us a rough idea what to expect in the way of performance.  The quoted specs include user interface animations at 60FPS and touchscreen sampling rates of 100Hz per finger.  Battery life will be impressive, 320 hours and 409 hours of standby time and for video playback you can expect 8-13 hours of HD playtime, though they do not talk about the quality of that playback.

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"SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft has revealed Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung Windows RT devices will be available at the launch of the operating system.

Microsoft has been playing a very dangerous game with its Surface tablet hogging the Windows RT limelight, something that its long-term and invaluable partners will not like. Now the company has come out and said that Asus, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung will also have Windows RT devices when the operating system launches later this year."

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Source: The Inquirer
August 14, 2012 | 02:20 PM - Posted by DaveB (not verified)

Yeah, sure, it will be released in limited quantities to the order of "exactly however many they can sell." They'd be stupid not to meet the demand for them. What are the hardware vendors going to do, run off and make android tablets? Cause those have been awesome so far.*

Surface needs to exist to give the vendors something to compete with other than each other's low standards. As long as it's around, they have to make something either better than Surface or way cheaper.

*I mean that none of the Android tablets I've seen do anything that makes them a compelling alternative to an iPad. Ooh, you mean it has an SD Card slot AND way lower resolution? Sign me up!

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