Report: Acer and Lenovo to release Windows 8 tablets with Intel Clover Trail in Q3 2012
Acer and Lenovo are slated to launch Windows 8 tablets running Intel’s Clover Trail platform based processors in the third quarter of 2012, according to a Digitimes report citing sources in the supply chain. The report states that the devices are going to use Intel’s Clover Trail platform instead of its upcoming Medfield platform, as the platform will provide a better power saving/performance ratio, which will be more suitable for Microsoft’s next generation operating system. Previously Intel had proclaimed that the Medfield platform would out perform competing ARM based devices but it looks like the hardware OEMs believe its not ready for prime time at-least with Windows 8 running at the core.
Perhaps Intel’s Medfield platform will focus on Google’s Android OS, while the Clover Trail focuses more on Windows 8 based devices, which are expected in the second half of 2012. If these ‘Wintel’ tablets take off they will have considerable potential in the enterprise sector as Windows dominates this market. In the meantime, check out our editorial on Intel’s Medfield platform and why it might be too late already for Intel.