As expected, Microsoft Surface won’t be the only Windows RT tablet on the market, with Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Samsung joining the party later in the year. Apparently, the Redmond giant is very careful and controlling in selecting OEMs for RT tablets, allowing each of its chipset partners to pick only two of them. NVIDIA got Lenovo and Asus, Texas Instruments – Toshiba, and Qualcomm – Samsung and HP. HP, however, opted out from the tablet race, leaving Qualcomm with an empty spot, which may be filled by Dell or some other major computer maker.
It is said that Microsoft will lift these restrictions in January 2013, eventually opening the floodgates and allowing anyone to make Windows RT tablets. That said, we expect to see first non-Microsoft made tablets at Berlin’s IFA conference and then even more of them presented at CES in Las Vegas.
We’ll make sure to follow this story and let you know as soon as we hear something new. Stay tuned in the meantime, k?
[Via: Unwired View]