Samsung reportedly planning Windows RT tablet


— 9:32 AM on July 9, 2012

We already know HP has shied away from Windows RT and, for now, only has plans for a business tablet featuring the x86 version of Windows 8. Well, it turns out Samsung may not be so timid. Bloomberg reports the Korean conglomerate is cooking up an ARM-powered Windows tablet for this fall.

The news service says "people with knowledge of the matter" expect the Samsung device to launch in conjunction with the new operating system. "One person," Bloomberg adds, believes that will happen in October. Presumably, that means we'll see the Samsung tablet roll out alongside Microsoft's own Surface slate. (Microsoft said last month that the ARM-based Surface variant "will release with the general availability of Windows 8.")

Rumor has it the Surface features Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor, but according to Bloomberg, the Samsung tablet will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-a-chip. That might be the only difference between the two tablets we know about right now. The story quotes no other specifications or key details.

In any case, it would be interesting to see Samsung put its weight behind Windows RT. The company has definitely made a name for itself as a prominent maker of Android devices—and for that privilege, it's suffered the ire of Apple's legal department, getting devices banned in multiple countries over alleged patent infringements. Perhaps Apple will be less litigious when it comes to Windows RT.

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