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Android leader is impressed with Microsoft commitment

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), like many OEMs, appears relatively sold on Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) innovative Windows reinvention, Windows 8, which launches in October. Despite customer skepticism surrounding the elimination of familiar features and progression to touch-driven interfaces, Samsung showed off a nice lineup of devices powered by Windows 8 at Computex 2012 in Taiwan.

I. The Galaxy Tab Windows Tablet Cometh

Noticeably absent was a tablet.  

Now a report by Bloomberg says that Samsung will not only release a Windows 8 tablet in October, but that it also will be a Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) tablet.  Rumor had it that WOA tablets might not land until after the holiday season.

Windows 8 Samsung tablet
Samsung is rumored to be prepping a Windows 8 ARM tablet for October.

However, there's no real reason to automatically disbelieve that Samsung will indeed have a Windows 8 RT design market-ready at launch.  Windows 8 has been happily running on ARM hardware for over a year now.  And the launch will coincide with mass availability of Samsung's own Exynos 5 and Qualcomm, Inc.'s (QCOMSnapdragon 4 -- two promising system-on-a-chip options for WOA tablets.

Samsung is coming off a reinvigorated calendar Q1 2012 in which iSuppli estimates it captured 11 percent of the tablet market (2.2 million units).  While far behind, Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) industry-leading iPad (11.2 million units, 58 percent of sales), Samsung managed to leapfrog, Inc. (AMZN) whose budget Kindle Fire device dropped to just over a million units sold (5.8 percent).

II. Windows May Save Samsung From Lawsuits

A switch to a Windows tablet could help relieve Samsung's intellectual property woes.  Sued by Apple, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, its premier model, is currently banned for sale in the U.S., after a federal court ruled that it infringed on this:

Apple D'889 patent
Apple's D'889 patent [Image Source: Google Patents]

...2004 era Apple design patent (U.S. Design Patent D504,889) claiming sole ownership of rectangular tablets.  Design-wise, there are few ways to skirt that patent if it's upheld, aside from either adding unsightly useless extra buttons.  Samsung's Galaxy Nexusalso banned, was targeted by Apple for allegedly ripping off the iPhone's patented design.  Thus adding curves, decals, or metal embellishments does not appear to be novel enough to escape Apple's broad design ownership claims.

Of course, if Samsung switches to Windows 8, it becomes much harder for Apple to sue it.  Microsoft is known for aggressively defending its OEM partners, and it owns a favorable cross-licensing pact with Apple.  The company would likely show little tolerance for Apple trying to bully Windows 8 tablet makers.

On the other hand, Samsung faces danger from its ally, following Microsoft's decision to jump into the world of first-party tablet designs with its sleek Surface.  The 10.6-inch Surface is expected to be the Windows 8 tablet to beat, so Samsung has a tall order of cooking up a device sufficiently thin and full-featured to vie with the Microsoft design for sales.

Microsoft Surface
The Microsoft Surface

Samsung is coming off a strong Q2 2012, despite struggling with a weak European market.

Source: Bloomberg

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By Pirks on 7/10/2012 3:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
MS Surface ivy bridge has a pretty nice resolution and apple won't stay on top of the screen resolution charts for long
Surface with Ivy Bridge is way more expensive, has worse screen and has exactly zero touch apps, while Apple has a gazillion of them already. MS has very tough uphill battle to win, and they may lose it just like they lost it with Zune.
Remove the display and tell me how it's better than other choices of laptop?
Battery, thickness, weight, assembly quality.
Especially considering it isn't upgradable and hardly repairable
This doesn't bother people buying tablets and expensive smartphones, so not an argument these days. Besides, consumers won't upgrade or repair it anyway, and geeks usually don't buy Apple.
When most people pay a premium price for a premium laptop the screen resolution is not the only choice in deciding but that's the only area where this machine shines
Not at all, see above. Weight, thickness, build quality, OS that a lot of people like much more than Windows (less malware, no Metro that people hate, etc etc)
Over priced, under powered
PC industry laughs at your lies. They tried to produce same quality/weight/thickness ultrabooks for lower price and they have failed. So do you.
Apple has had an increasingly harder time "keeping one step ahead" in the last year
Ya, you keep soothing yourself while Apple profits keep growing and growing, leaving everyone behind. I'm looking for new innovations from Apple this year, such as in-cell touch screen on iPhone 5. Apple will pwn everyone else one more time, and you'll keep posting frothy posts here telling everyone how in-cell touch is not an innovation blah blah blah. Do your trolley job man, you're good at it.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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