Rumor: Acer, Toshiba, and Asustek To Unveil Windows 8 Tablets Next Week

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Acer Inc., Toshiba Corporation, and Asustek Computer Inc. is rumored to be unveiling tablets that will run on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system next week according to sources with Bloomberg. Acer will be displaying a tablet based on Microsoft Windows 8 at the Computex show in Taipei and Toshiba will showcase a tablet and notebook-style device said Bloomberg’s sources. Asustek will show tablets that have detachable keyboards that are similar to their Transformer computers.

Computex is an annual show that provides a forum for computer companies to show off their latest devices. Companies that are allied with Microsoft will use this event to showcase Windows 8 and Android computers and tablets.

Windows 8 is the first operating system package that will work on processors using ARM Holdings Plc (ARM) technology, which is a type of chip made by Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Nvidia. ARM-based chips are manufactured by Samsung and is used in the Apple iPad. ARM-based chips are a blow to Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Intel and AMD used to be the exclusive providers for Windows machines.

Asustek will showcase tablets that are based on an Nvidia ARM-based chip that is called Tegra and another that is powered by an Intel chip. The Tegra device that will be showcased at Computex will be similar to the one that will go on sale for the public.

The Acer tablet uses an Intel chip while Toshiba works with Texas Instruments for their processors. Microsoft will show Asustek devices in a presentation by Vice President Steven Guggenheimer at the Computex show on June 6 according to Bloomberg sources.

Computex is taking place between June 5th and June 9th in Taipei.