We’ve recently heard about the hardware requirements Microsoft is setting out for the upcoming Windows 8 convertibles/tablets, pretty much the way they did with Windows Phone. Windows 8 tablets “are being queued up for production”, said Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, in an earnings conference call where numbers testified for a record year. Upcoming Windows 8 tablets are part of the “test” of competing with the iPad, a product which is dominating the tablet market, regardless if we’re talking about the initial, current or upcoming hardware iteration.
Intel decided to enter the Android-powered smartphone and tablet game with their latest Medfield chip. However, acknowledging that “tablets are a little bit about hardware and an awful lot about software”, Otellini said that “until you get to Ice Cream Sandwich, the offering isn’t as powerful as with what’s out there with Apple. As Ice Cream Sandwich tablets start shipping, you’ll begin to see a little bit better receptivity… everything got a little bit better with ICS”.
Intel has every reason to look into the future with optimism. With upcoming Android smartphones and tablets as well as Windows 8 convertibles packing Intel’s chips, the company could very well be facing another record year.