Just in time for the holidays.
Windows 8 is widely believed to be coming this October and apparently the first Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets are going to be hitting stores the following month. CNet cites a source familiar with device makers' plans in reporting that we should see Wintel tablets running Windows 8 in November.
CNet's source says the schedule is tight, with Windows 8 needing to support four or five architectures, but a slew of 32nm Clover Trail devices are expected in time for the holiday season. This person says we can expect more than a dozen devices, with half of them being convertible or hybrid devices.
We heard earlier this year that Lenovo is hoping to beat everyone to the punch by launching the first ever Windows 8 slate in late 2012. Back in March, the Verge cited a source that said Lenovo was internally planning to launch the first Windows 8 tablet and this source said that it would be an Intel device.
Though Lenovo showed off the IdeaPad Yoga at CES 2012, which won one of our CES 2012 awards, but it's unlikely that this Windows 8 tablet/convertible is among the designs CNet's source was talking about. While the IdeaPad Yoga is powered by an Intel CPU, Lenovo has mentioned Intel's Core family of processors for this Windows 8 machine and CNet's source didn't touch on that market segment, just devices based on Clover Trail (Atom).