Windows 8 Tablet Samsung Ativ iPad Mini Competitor

The tablet may not be a new concept but let’s face it, Apple revolutionized the idea and brought it back to the mainstream when they introduced the iPad. Now on it’s third version and with a new 7-inch version called the iPad Mini supposedly scheduled to be unveiled in October, it continues to rule the tablet market despite valiant efforts from Google and Samsung to try and take the crown away. However, the landscape may drastically change when Windows 8 is finally unveiled, along with a slew of sexy new tablets running it.

Windows 8 Tablet Samsung Ativ iPad Mini Competitor

Microsoft’s very own Surface may be the most well known Windows 8 tablet at this point but Intel wants to change that by introducing people to tablets from different manufacturers all powered by their Atom Z2760 processor. The Windows 8 tablets featured were from their OEM partners such as Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung and ZTE and will hopefully draw attention away from the upcoming iPad Mini.

According to Intel, their new Atom processor is “architectured specifically” for the Windows 8 OS. IGN reports:

“The dual-core processor is optimised to help devices achieve long battery life, with Intel claiming devices could potentially reach 3 weeks of connected standby or more than 10 hours of local HD video.”

Intel boasts that their Atom processors could allow for tablets designed to be extremely thin, as much as 8.5mm, and light, weighing as little as 700g. This could bode well for people looking for productivity-on-the-go but don’t want to lug around a laptop.

Asus Windows 8 Tablet iPad Mini Competitor


Are these new Windows 8 tablets must-have devices? Do you think they’ll be to take the spotlight away from Apple’s iPad Mini? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


[via IGN]

  1. This Christmas is very important for low cost small tablets.
    The IPad mini is the likely big winner if Apple can keep the price not much higher than the Fire HD or Nexus. ($250.00 – $300.00).
    The Windows 8 tablets look cool, but are very low on Apps and don’t have the historic support of Apple.
    The Surface Pro has a clear market in the existing Ultrabook market and won’t be available for four more months anyway.
    But the Atom based Windows 8 RT tablets have a lot to prove and very little time in which to do it.

  2. Um, Gary, please correct your Atom association with RT tablets. Atom, as I’m sure you’re well aware, is x86 while RT is ARM only. And BTW, what does “. . . and don’t have the historic support of Apple” mean? Have you been drinking too much Apple kool-aid?

  3. 1) Device that hasn’t been announced or acknowledged beware? iPad mini is pretty unlikely with a $300 iPod in existence.
    2) 7″ screen for production? I don’t like my 11″ MacBook Airs screen, too small to look at multiple things at once. 7″ is far too big to use with one hand or fit in most pockets and far smaller then two hands will easily handle- you lose out on screen space for no reason.
    3) Lug around a laptop? Good grief my Air is 2.4lbs. If that sounds like a chore then you seriously need to go to a gym or lift some weights at home.

  4. I can’t really put a price point on the ipad mini, the 5th gen ipod touch is already 300$, it would be very unlikely to have an ipad mini be 200-400, that is unless it has last gen technology. I hope the Windows 8 tablets are big boom, and takes a huge chunk of the market share, there hasnt been any big innovation between android and apple lately, so maybe adding another competitor will shake things up a bit

  5. By historic support of Apple, he means that Apple’s fan-base is pretty powerful. And Apple is essentially the one that launched modern day tablets (I’m not saying the first, I’m saying theirs was the best, enough to really create a tablet industry). That is the historic support of Apple that he means

  6. For number one, that’s not necessarily true. A good iPhone 5 is around $600 or $700. A new iPad is around $400 or $500. We may just be able to see an iPad Mini compete with price-wise with the iPod Touch. It may need to be the same price as it, but don’t say it can’t compete just yet.

  7. With $300 entry iPods it just doesn’t fit unless they make the hardware crap, which is completely un-Apple. I think people need to realize that the iPod Touch IS the iPad mini.

  8. Boosting the atom’s processors of an iPad will probably help many users to have an efficient used of their iPad. This will give them great features to used, having that newly windows 8 OS into their iPad.

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