Microsoft Surface will have some new competition in the form of a Samsung Windows RT tablet, which will launch in October, around the same time the ARM-based version of Windows 8 is expected to ship.
The news is hardly a revelation, considering Samsung builds Windows 7 phones and Microsoft passed out the Samsung Series 7 x86 tablet as a developer unit, but it does add another option to the growing list of Windows RT tablets consumers can expect to see this fall.
ASUS announced plans for a Windows RT tablet at Computex earlier this summer, and rumors suggest Dell will also produce a device. Rumors also indicate HP will not make a Windows RT tablet, however, and will instead focus on an x86 Windows 8 tablet for its enterprise customers.
Bloomberg broke the news and it claims the Samsung Windows RT tablet will have a Qualcomm chipset and not a Samsung-produced Exynos unit, as Qualcomm Windows RT chips are already in production.
According to Microsoft’s Tami Reller who recently spoke at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Canada, Samsung and other manufacturers should have access to Windows 8 in late August, and consumers should see the devices in late October.