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Microsoft will be unveiling its Intel-powered tablets by the latter half of the year and by the looks of it, the company will not put itself down to overcome the popularity of the iPad (and the upcoming iPad 3). In a report from DigiTimes, neither Intel nor Microsoft are willing to cut prices of its tablets to help both manufacturers. Intel provides the Clover Trail-based Atom chips, while Microsoft arms the tablets with Windows 8 OS.

The report adds that these Acer-made devices are expected to cost at least $599, a full Benjamin higher than the most basic iPad 2 model, and could go up to $899 for the most premium model.

Sources to the site also comment that since these “Wintel” tablets are not expected to be introduced before the unveiling of Windows 8 roughly in the second half of the year, this gives a window of opportunity for both Apple and Android tablet manufacturers to dish out their own devices beforehand. Apart from the iPad 3, other tablets expected to arrive in 2012 include a set of quad-core, Android 4.0 tablets from Asus, Lenovo, and possibly Samsung.

Source: DigiTimes, via Electronista

 
 

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