Companies including Acer, Asus, Dell and Toshiba have already started to announce plans to launch Windows 8.1 tablets featuring Intel Bay Trail processors in the coming months. But that could just be the tip of the iceberg.
WinSuperSite’s Paul Thurrott has a roundup of Windows tablets due out this fall, and it includes the models mentioned above, as well as new 8 and 10 inch tablets from Dell and Lenovo, and next-generation Microsoft Surface tablets including a new Surface Mini.
Thurrott also has pictures of the long-rumored upcoming Windows RT tablet from Nokia with a 10 inch screen, a quad-core Qualcomm processor, and a $499 price tag.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Fall 2013 Windows tablet preview from @thurrott includes Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo tablets with Bay Trail
What Thurrot can’t explain is why anyone would spend $499 on a Windows RT tablet instead of $349 on a Windows 8 model like the Asus Transformer Book T100. [WinSuperSite]
- Linux support for Intel’s Atom Z3000 series “Bay Trail” processors looks like it should be pretty decent
All signs point to Intel’s new Bay Trail chips being more Linux-friendly than any Atom processors we’ve seen in the last few years, thanks largely to a move from Imagination’s PowerVR graphics to Intel’s own Intel HD graphics. [Phoronix]
- Hugo Barra talks about leaving Google, joining Xiaomi, and trying to make it into the next Google or Amazon
One of the driving forces behind Google Android in recent years is moving to China to help Xiaomi take its phones and Android-based software international. While’s hoping to help turn Xiaomi into a household name like Google, Apple, or Amazon, his ties to Google are a good thing — Xiaomi’s software may not look like stock Android, but it’s still 100 percent compatible with Google’s code. [AllThingsD]
- VoIP company Fring sold for $50 million
Fring was offering mobile apps for voice and video calling long before FaceTime, WhatsApp, et all were even things. But the company hasn’t had a great run lately, and now it’s been sold and it’s tech will likely be used to build out services offered by wireless carriers. The standalone app will live on though. [TechCrunch]
- GameStick $79 Android game console launch pushed back until October 29th
Still waiting for the GameStick video game console you pledged $79 in Kickstarter funding for? Keep waiting. [Engadget]
- Samsung says Tizen TVs could hit the streets in 2014
Tizen: It’s not just for smartphones and tablets. [CNET]