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Samsung & Microsoft To Launch Windows 8 Tablets At BUILD

Microsoft and Korean tech giant Samsung will demonstrate a Windows 8-powered tablet at the forthcoming Microsoft developers' conference, BUILD, which is taking place between the 13th and 16th of September in Anaheim, California.

According to Korean news website Chosunilbo, Samsung has officially confirmed that "Windows 8 will be unveiled at the BUILD event [....], and Samsung's tablet PC will be used to demonstrate it."

Chosunilbo also claims that the Windows 8 version that will be on display at the BUILD event will be a reference model, which would be used by the likes of Dell and HP to power their own products, otherwise known as a working beta.

The tablet is likely to be powered by a quad core SoC which we believe will be the Kal-El rather than one of Samsung's own Exynos brand.

Samsung has been particularly quiet regarding the Exynos family lately and opted for a rival product, the Nvidia Tegra 2, in a few of its flagship products, with the Galaxy S WiFi opting for the TI OMAP4xxx SoC and one variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II featuring a Qualcomm SoC. Apple is likely to switch from Samsung to TSMC to manufacture its A5 chip and future iterations as well.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.