As we wait in anticipation for the arrival of the first set of Windows 8 RT tablets this year, it appears that only a few OEMs will be able to release one, at least for this year. According to China Times, Microsoft has been reportedly careful and controlling in choosing the OEMs who will be allowed to utilize its Windows 8 RT platform. Three major Windows RT ARM chipset vendors were reportedly chosen – NVIDIA, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm.

And since the said vendors were only allowed to select two OEM partners, it reportedly got NVIDIA to opt Asus and Lenovo in, while Texas Instruments chose Toshiba as its partner, and Qualcomm with Samsung and HP. HP might not make it, as we mentioned last month, so Dell could take the place of HP. But China Times added that the game plan might change next year, as Microsoft might allow more OEMs into its turf beginning January 2013.

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