windows 8 samsung tablet1 Samsung to launch Windows RT tablet this October

Hewlett-Packard (HP) decided several days ago that it won’t back Microsoft’s Windows RT tablets at launch, and that announcement left many wondering which OEM giant will fill in the hole left by HP.  Wonder no more, according to Bloomberg, Samsung will launch a Windows RT tablet later this October.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) decided several days ago that it won’t back Microsoft’s Windows RT tablets at launch, and that announcement left many wondering which OEM giant will fill in the hole left by HP.  Wonder no more, according to Bloomberg, Samsung will launch a Windows RT tablet later this October. 

Microsoft’s decision to launch its own hardware created quite a stir among partnering OEMs, and HP was not hesitant to express their discontent with the Microsoft Surface decision.  We’ve discussed, recently, the various impacts that the Surface will have on the OEMs that partnered with Microsoft in the past, and one of the major impacts is the price point in which OEMs has to deal with if they produce a Windows RT tablet. 

The Surface will not incur an operating system cost, but OEMs that want to produce a Windows RT tablet will have to pay for the OS (unless Microsoft decides to offer Windows RT for free, which is unlikely).  Therefore, OEMs won’t be able to compete with Microsoft in pricing without having to cut corners.

Despite many OEMs’ opposition to the Surface, Samsung will launch its own ARM Windows RT tablet alongside the Surface.  We can speculate that Samsung’s hardware cost will be lower than Microsoft’s, and therefore, that may help Samsung to lower the price of their Windows RT tablet. 

Apple’s iPad still dominates the tablet market as it is currently holding onto 58 percent of the market share.  The ARM-based iPad, along with other ARM devices, outnumber Intel and AMD-based devices by a longshot. 

Intel has been trying to crack into the ultra-mobile market for quite some time, and the relatively successful backing of the ultrabooks is a testament to Intel’s persistent.  The Surface Pro will come with an Intel based processor, which makes the Surface Pro a borderline tablet-ultrabook device.