Microsoft Says ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are Making Windows RT Devices, Reveals More RT Details

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News Posted: Mon, Aug 13 2012 3:29 PM
As the long-awaited launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT draws closer, more details are emerging; today, Steve Sinofsky of the Building Windows 8 blog delivered several announcements, including which OEMs are making Windows RT devices.

We already knew that ASUS, Toshiba, Acer, and Lenovo were making those ARM SoC-based RT devices, but the post stated that Dell and Samsung are in the game, as well.

Thanks to the post, we also know that Windows RT has reached RTM (released to manufacturing) mark, so OEMs really are busily building machines with the final version of Windows RT in hand.

Pre-release Windows RT PC
Unnamed pre-release Windows RT PC

The post recapped some of the main points previously revealed--that Windows RT and Windows 8 share “significant” code, a single Windows binary for all manufacturer’s ARM processors, thin and light design, long battery life, and that Windows RT software will only be sold pre-installed on Windows RT devices.

Windows RT PCs will feature super low-power standby battery life that lasts for days--from 320 to 409 hours--as well as 8 to 13 hours of juice when playing back HD video. Other features include UI animations at 60fps, 100MHz sampling rates for touch input, NFC integration such as tap-to-share functionality, USB support, WWAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
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rapid1 replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 7:56 PM

This is the one thing I did not get when Microsoft's machine hit the windows was people like ACER whining when they should have just been doing what these companies are. We don't see a lot of things straight forward but I will promise you the world of commerce is changing right around us.

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pwrntspd replied on Mon, Aug 13 2012 8:25 PM

Good to see not all companies boo hooed about microsoft making a tablet. Plus its always good to see some healthy competition. Still not sure id pull the trigger on a windows RT tablet when i can get an x86 version, but im certainly looking forward to a windows rt tablet roundup here on HH!

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Desktops are better. But everyone should just put out quality products and just let the masses decide

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InsideSin replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 2:39 AM

Well since the App store will be Microsoft controlled for Windows RT, I don't know how much of a selection there will be.

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Comparing these to desktops are like comparing apples to oranges. Desktops aren't mobile. Comparing them to a laptop would be more suitable.

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JDiaz replied on Tue, Aug 14 2012 3:25 AM

MS will still allow Storefronts and Streaming in their App Store. While 3rd party payment systems are also allowed as long as they meet their requirements.

The 30% fee they charge is only applicable if you use their payment system and it drops to 20% once a app makes $25,000. While MS sets app pricing at a minimum of $1.49 and a maximum of $999.

Apps and services provided directly through the store will be under MS requirements though. So nothing too adult, names have to be original, have to get approved, etc.

While side loading is still possible on the desktop (legacy support) or through Administration or company IT. The App Store is mainly a requirement for Windows 8 apps (previously known as Metro) and the only choice for WP8 and Windows RT (aside from some work around solutions that'll be provided to companies).

It will take time to make a large number of apps for this new Windows platform but since it has cross platform support means they can pool resources. Since developers can, with not too many restrictions, make the same app run on WP8, Windows RT, and Windows 8/Pro and even auto adjust for each type of device it's running on.

While they've already started and should have at least enough to start with at launch. Though, Windows RT is the most vulnerable for the lack of apps. Since WP8 has WP7x apps to fall back on and Windows 8/Pro has legacy apps, but Windows RT will be pretty much all or nothing except for what apps MS pre-installs.

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