Apple spawned the media tablet market with the launch of the original iPad a couple of years back. Two iPad updates and countless Android tablets later, its viselike grip over the tablet market remains intact. To add insult to injury for its rivals, market research firm IDC recently predicted that it could take until 2015 for Android tablets to overtake the iPad in terms of market share. Well, not so fast. For all we know, Windows 8 and not Android could eventually end up upsetting Apple’s apple cart. Hit the jump for more.
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, that’s the plan as far as Microsoft and Intel are concerned. Both the companies are said to be working closely with first-tier vendors currently developing Windows 8 tablets, which they hope will be able make a serious dent in the tablet market at the iPad’s expense.
These sources claim that the likes of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba are readying as many as 32 Windows 8 tablet PCs for launch later this year. Among these, the sources further claim, will be sub-$300 tablets from Lenovo. These entry-level models will take on Android tablets, while those priced above $300 will challenge the iPad. As per Digitimes’ unnamed friends, Intel sees Lenovo playing a key role in Windows 8’s quest for tablet market share due to its strong position in the Chinese tablet market.
If true, that’s a lot of Windows tablets. However, it’s not clear from the report whether or not this figure also includes ARM-based tablets.