Like other major partnering OEMs, Lenovo is, too, losing faith in Microsoft’s Windows RT, which is designed to run on ARM chips.
According to Lenovo marketing chief Nick Reynolds during a Q&A at the 2013 IFA, he hinted that his company no longer see the benefits of using Windows RT over Windows 8, because Intel’s new Haswell line of chips are purportedly up to par with some of ARM’s offerings in terms of battery life and performance.
ARM-based chips will continue to dominate the mobile scene in the foreseeable future, but news that OEMs are becoming increasingly disgruntled with Windows RT mean that Intel is showing signs of delivering its promise of a “no compromise” system. We cannot count out ARM and its supporters, because if there’s a will, there’s a way—we just don’t know if OEMs are willing to dump more money into the failing Windows RT.
Despite minimal support and heavy losses, Microsoft still believes that Windows RT can work. The Redmond-based company is currently developing a follow up to its current Surface RT tablet which runs on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip. Microsoft’s second-gen Surface RT is rumored to sport a Qualcomm chip this time around.