Lenovo Wants to Lead the Windows 8 Pack

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Dell’s founder and CEO Michael Dell announced that he would offer an enterprise tablet when Windows 8 ships to customers. However, it seems that his company already has a competition.

Lenovo is crossing its fingers so that they can beat top manufacturers in bringing the first Windows 8 tablet to the market. It was rumored that the Chinese manufacturer wants to get past the big names such as Nokia, Dell and ASUS to get a tablet on sale when Microsoft ships its mobile-friendly OS to its customers on October of this year.

Features: Lenovo Windows 8                 

Although there are no specifications available for the Lenovo Windows 8 tablet yet, other than it will use an Intel chip, people can assume that it may take the form of Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. The 13.3-inch tablet features a full QWERTY keyboard and a hinge that enables the device to transform into a laptop. It made its debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and was shown running on a Window 8 developer preview.

A Lenovo tablet that runs on a Windows 8 operating system can pacify all Microsoft loyalist who are a bit skeptic of its capabilities, no matter how mobile-friendly its OS and metro user interface may be.

Windows 8 Tablet Competition on the Rise

Other than Lenovo and Dell, other manufacturers such as HP, Nokia and ASUS would also like to have a piece of the action. The competition to release a Windows 8 tablet in the market will heat up when they learn that any Windows 7 machine can use the new OS, provided that it can support five touch points, has a wide array of sensors and features certain hardware buttons that adheres to Microsoft’s tablet requirements.

Windows 8: Hardware Requirements

Windows Phone jailbreak luminary Rafael Rivera revealed Windows 8’s hardware certification last January. Touch PCs that will run on the new OS must use digitizers that can support at least five points. It should also have “touch marks” if the device supports near field communication technology.

A Windows 8 hardware should have five hardware buttons: Power, rotation clock, Windows key and volume up/down. Also included in the hardware requirement are the UEFI firmware, WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p camera and a gyroscope. The tablet must also have a minimum resolution of 1366 x 768, USB 2.0 port, magnetometer, speakers and accelerometer.

Maintaining similar hardware for its Windows 8 devices will make it easy for Microsoft to create a common user experience for everyone.

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