It seems that if you are on the lookout for a Windows 8-powered tablet that runs on the dual-core Clover Trail processor from Intel this Christmas, then you are out of luck. It seems that such tablets have experienced a delay, and they will only be released to the mass market by the time January 2013 rolls around, assuming the world does not end this Friday, of course. The delays are said to affect devices such as Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet, the HP Envy x2, the Asus VivoTab Smart and the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2.
Just what is causing such delays? Well, it seems that there are issues that concern the drivers for the chipsets, and at this point in time, only the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Acer Iconia W510 are shipping with such a processor. As for Dell and HP, they seem to focus more on businesses and corporate types than the mass market consumer, so a delay in their products would not be too much of a downer. Just how important do you think it is for Microsoft to make sure that Windows 8 tablets on Clover Trail powered devices hit the market as soon as possible?