With Computex and the D9 conference kicking off in the next few days, it looks like next week will be a busy one in terms of tablet news. Leaks this week hint at what possibly may pass.
- Windows may publicly demo its next-generation Windows operating system — commonly called Windows 8 — for tablets at the D9 conference next week. According to Bloomberg, Windows President Steven Sinofsky will show off the touch-friendly user interface on a NVIDIA-powered tablet. Leaked screenshots of the new UI reveal a tile-based system, similar to Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft may also demo the Windows tablet OS at Computex, where ASUS has confirmed it will launch its latest Android tablet. Previously, the Eee Pad maker teased a tablet/phone device, and now full pics and a name have leaked, suggesting ASUS plans to release the Padfone, as revealed by a recent USPTO trademark filing.
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- AMD is making a play for the tablet market with its Z-series Fusion APU, according to a leaked product roadmap. AMD’s Fusion APUs, or “accelerated processing units,” are the company’s next-generation processors that combine the AMD x86 CPU with the ATI Radeon graphics on a single die. Head over to DesktopReview for more details on the technology.
- Motorola may be planning a quad-core tablet for Q3. According to a NVIDIA product road map, the quad-core Tegra 3 chip will be ready to ship by the fall, and Motorola may be first in line to take advantage of the new power. Currently NVIDIA-powered tablets feature dual-core Tegra 2 chips. The tablet could be ready for September.
- Finally, Samsung is making a bold play in its legal battle with Apple over patent infringement. The Galaxy maker filed a motion as part of the discovery process requesting that Apple turn over the iPad 3 and iPhone 5, if not the final commercial version, then the most current unit. The move follows a similar request by Apple, which the judge granted, that Samsung turn over its Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, Droid Charge, Infuse 4G, and Galaxy S II. The difference, however, is that the Samsung products have been publicly announced and demoed — the Apple products are technically speculation, as Apple is as secretive as ever about its future product plans. In order to protect trade secrets, Samsung has promised that only its outside lawyers would get to see the Apple products and not Samsung execs. Apple promised to do the same for the Samsung devices.
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