When Microsoft announced its Surface tablet running Windows RT, it was reported that NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip would be powering the tablet. Now NVIDIA looks to have signed a deal with Lenovo that will see the Chinese manufacturer making use of the same silicon, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. Not only that, but Lenovo is reportedly working on yet another convertible tablet device, this time using an ARM chip instead of an Intel processor.
During Lenovo’s Thinkpad Tablet 2 event on Wednesday, Dilip Bhatia, general manager of the ThinkPad business, said the company was working on a Windows RT product along with the Intel-based IdeaPad Yoga, but didn’t go into specific details. If the Wall Street Journal’s source is correct, then Lenovo looks to be planning a convertible tablet running Windows RT powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip.
Earlier this year Lenovo showed off the IdeaPad Yoga, a convertible ultrabook that featured a 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen running Windows 7, powered by one of Intel’s ULV processors. The company says that product will be released sometime in October, lining up nicely with the official launch of Windows 8. It’ll be a bit pricey, however, with the basic model starting at £1,199 (~$1,870).
ASUS and Samsung also have Windows 8 products, including tablets, coming in the near future. The companies showed off several models at Computex, with ASUS demoing the Windows 8 equivalent of the popular Transformer tablets, allowing users to dock their tablets with keyboards for a better typing experience. The company also showed off the TAICHI, a convertible tablet with dual 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch touchscreens.