Samsung may be working on a Windows 8 RT tablet, which will be unveiled following the launch of Windows 8 later this year. Samsung is already the largest Android tablet maker, and has hedged its bets with several platforms in the smartphone space.
It seems to be looking to do the same in tablets; hence the investment in a Windows RT tablet.
Windows RT tablets are expected to compete with the Apple iPad and other Android tablets and would be much cheaper than devices running Windows Pro. They would be powered by ARM processors, and would be much more power efficient than standard x86 tablets. Samsung’s Windows RT tablet will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.
Microsoft recently unveiled the Surface, with two variants running Windows RT and Windows Pro. By raising the benchmark for its tablets, Microsoft may have made a wise move that would force its hardware partners to compete with each other to create better tablets that could possibly challenge the mighty Apple iPad.
The tablet space is heating up with Google launching the Nexus 7 Android tablet recently and Apple reportedly working on a cheaper iPad Mini.
If I had to bet on any single manufacturer to take on the iPad, it would be Samsung. Stay tuned; we’ll keep you updated with Samsung’s every move.