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Acer, Lenovo set to launch tablet PCs in Q3 2012, sports Intel's Clover Trail and Windows 8

Intel Clover Trail, Windows 8-powered tablets coming from Acer, Lenovo in Q3 2012

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 3, 2012 05:23 am CST - 0 mins, 50 secs reading time

Acer and Lenovo, two first-tier PC vendors, are set to launch tablet PCs that will rock Microsoft's upcoming OS, Windows 8 as well as Intel's upcoming Clover Trail platform. They're expected in Q3 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

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Intel is set to unveil their Medfield processor, which is specifically designed for Android-based devices in second quarter of this year. ARM-based processors are set to combat Medfield in terms of performance and power saving, so PC players are putting more bets on Intel's Clover Trail platform as the lead, the sources said.

Wintel-based tablet PCs are said to have a strong potential in the enterprise market, where users still require Microsoft-developed applications that they are familiar with, and are rolled out in their offices, departments, etc. Android and iOS still can't penetrate these markets.

Shipments of the iPad accounted for 60-percent of the current tablet PC market in 2011, with an expected 50-percent on-year shipment growth, Apple is expected to maintain its share of around 60-percent in 2012.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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