Microsoft to open Allwinner entry into Windows RT, for the production of 900 yuan (US$149) level Windows RT tablet

This was the title of 传微软开放全志进入Windows RT,为生产900元级RT平板 [第一平板网 i.e. The First Tablet Network, Jan 10, 2014], see its Google translation. There were two other reports as well: Google Translate and Google Translate.

These two are the likely source of the following report in English, although the Intel name is definitely wrong and Inventec (英業達), an ODM from Taiwan should had been written instead (why I did the correction):

Microsoft Windows Surface 2 Joined By $150 Windows RT Tablets, Microsoft’s Rumored New Strategy [Crossmap Christian News, Jan 11, 2014]

There are recent rumors, that Microsoft will be using new processors made by Chinese chipmaker Allwinner to expand the number of Windows RT devices in the market, targeting the lower-end market. In other words, Allwinner will become the fourth chipmaker endorsed by Microsoft, following Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm. There are reports that Microsoft have handed over the project exclusively to Intel Inventec, and sought for orders at the CES 2014. They estimate that the lowest priced [8”] tablet will be under $150.

According to the latest report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: “According to a private presentation given by Intel Inventec at CES 2014, samples of an Allwinner processor running Windows RT tablet was were revealed, and OEM orders were sought for, in an effort to increase the Windows RT market share.”

Here is a 传微软 全志 英業達 (Microsoft Allwinner Inventec) search between Jan 10 and Jan 13 for anyone who is interested in all sources in Chinese.

The only thing missing in these rumors is the type of the Allwinner processor. My guess would be the 4+4 big.LITTLE A80 Octacore, but who knows? The 传微软 全志 英業達 A80 search for the same timeframe didn’t yield any information ragarding that.

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