Samsung to debut Windows RT tablet in October, sources say

Samsung Electronics Co. “will release a tablet that features Microsoft Corp.’s Windows RT software when the operating system debuts, people with knowledge of the matter said,” Jun Yang and Ian King report for Bloomberg.

“Samsung has made a handheld computer built on Windows RT, the first version of Windows that works on ARM Holdings Plc technology, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public,” Yang and King report. “Windows RT devices will be released in October, one person said.”

Yang and King report, “Samsung’s Windows RT tablet will feature Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon processor, the people said… Apple led the tablet market at the end of the first quarter, with 11.8 million units shipped, or a 58 percent share, according researcher IHS ISuppli Inc. Samsung was second, with 11 percent, followed by Inc., which had 5.8 percent.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last October:

Windows Phone will be popular. Over time, it’ll eat the lunch of the increasingly fragmented, increasingly insecure, and increasingly costly Android (losing patent infringement lawsuits and dropping features/paying royalties to multiple IP owners will do that to you).

The not-iPhone world will begin to dump Android and move to Microsoft’s mobile OS offering because it will eventually cost less, work better, and come with far fewer legal issues. In the iPhone wannabe market, it’s already happening (Nokia, for example). We expect the same to happen in the iPad wannabe market, too [with Windows 8/RT]. Google and Microsoft will long battle each other for the non-Apple markets and that’s a much better scenario for everyone than having a single ripoff artist flood the market with fragmented, insecure, beta-esque, mediocre-at-best products. Google’s attempt to be the next Microsoft is doomed.

This, of course, will also impact Google’s search business. Apple’s Siri will increasingly deliver info to users sans Google and Microsoft will, naturally, use Bing for their search. As we’ve said many times in the past: “Google will rue the day they got greedy by deciding to try to work against Apple instead of with them.”

The bottom line: We’d rather see a company trying unique ideas, even if – shockingly – it’s Microsoft, than the wholesale theft of Apple innovations that we’ve been seeing for over [five] years now. Don’t steal IP. Even worse, don’t steal IP and claim to be “innovators.” We have no problem with any companies that attempt to compete with Apple using their own unique ideas and strategies.

Now, if only Samsung can curtail their fetish for infringing upon Apple’s trade dress, their court dates will diminish dramatically.


      1. So they say, but history has shown a very different picture, and it’s been ” all talk ” for the balmer clan.

        We have seen such stuck guidelines for Vista for windows 7 and all the other so called Micosoft certified products, and icon consumers suffered with an OS that was suppose to run without issues and had been certified and failed even the basic power requirements.

        Real stringent indeed.

    1. I have to agree, I strongly doubt both stats. Samsung selling 11% of tablets is pretty unbelievable, however the Apple selling only 58% is even more dubious.

      Likely just more creative statistics made up by another apple hating journalist. The thing I have to wonder is why the hate. Apple has rescued the computer/personal electronics industry for the doldrums (for 10-15 years we had a series of beige boxes & identical clamshell “laptops” loaded with virtually identical versions of windows combined with a never ending parade of virtually identical flip phones punctuated with the occasional candy bar. They had virtually nil to write about.
      Now we have multiple for factors for computers, and real progress, we have a phone that revolutionized the entire communications sector and a brand new class of personal computing device (a tablet that people actually want to use)

      So, haters… why the hate?

      1. Net Applications, which monitors hits on its 40,000 client sites and weighs the results based on population statistics, issued a report Sunday that shows Apple’s iOS dominating the mobile Web with a record 65.27% share, up 4.2% percentage points in June alone,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
        “Google’s Android — despite smartphone sales that have long since overtaken the iPhone’s — came in far behind at 19.73%, although its growth year over year was faster (38% to 24.5% for iOS),” P.E.D. reports.

         In May, the iPad had accounted for 94.64% of all tablet web traffic, the company previously reported. Among the non-iPad tablet devices, the top tablet was the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with a 1.77% share of traffic, for example.


    because Bill G says that it is the future and in fact apple will have to ship a tablet with one soon or soonish or maybe he was on qualudues.

  2. OMG, why won’t Windows go away.

    Note to Samsung: Get some balls and develop your own OS or get off the track! And for sure stop perpetuating the techno scourge of modern day humanity.


  3. Looks like Samsung sees the writing on the wall and wants to keep its options open.

    While it may seem that the slow court system is preventing Apple’s lawsuits from having any real effect on Samsung’s Android device business, contesting these lawsuits costs money. And given that Apple is never going to let Samsung off the hook, in the end, Samsung is going to have to switch operating systems or be content with spending a significant chunk of change fighting the lawsuits every year.

    (Of course, Apple is affected by the expense as well, but they currently have the deepest pockets of any company on the planet.)


  4. Good luck with that window rt version with next to no software to run on it and most people opting for the Surface pro version running the full version of windows, the rt version will be doa.

  5. Curious. Apple has only 58% of the tablet market, yet somehow generates 96% of all web traffic. Is it that the 11% of people owning Samsung hate their devices so much that they can’t be bothered to connect to the Internet?

    Bullshit. 10.5 of that 11% is sitting on shelves at your local big box or cellular retailer. That channel is stuffed fatter than Mike Daisey’s colon after Thanksgiving dinner.

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