Microsoft Only Allowing Select OEMs to Make Windows RT Tablets at Launch

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:09

Microsoft Surface

If you were expecting a flood of Windows RT tablets to come out at the launch of Windows 8, you may be shocked. Microsoft is strictly limiting who can make Windows RT tablets. They've been working with NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, and Qualcomm to make the chipsets, and they only let each of those three companies choose two OEMs to sell those chipsets to. NVIDIA chose Lenovo and Asus, Texas Instruments chose just Toshiba, and Qualcomm originally had chosen Samsung and HP, but now that HP dropped out there are rumors that Qualcomm is talking with Dell about becoming HP's replacement. The OEM restrictions will be lifted in January of 2013, which makes it just in time for everyone, not just the selected OEMs, to show off their own Windows RT tablets at CES.