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Dell, HP may release Windows 8 tablets in Q3 of 2012

Dell and HP will reportedly be among the first manufacturers to launch Windows 8 tablets, and the devices could be on the market as soon as the third quarter of next year, DigiTimes said recently. Supposedly, Amazon’s low-priced Kindle Fire has driven several manufacturers to pursue Windows 8 over Android in an effort to avoid stiff competition in the low-cost tablet market. Lenovo and Dell will stick to creating enterprise-focused tablets according to the report. Dell’s devices will continue to run Windows but Lenovo will still offer Android as a choice on its business-oriented tablets. In addition, recent rumors have suggested HTC is also working on a Windows 8 tablet. Windows 8 shipped to developers in September and most reports have suggested the first devices bearing the OS will launch in late 2012.