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Come this November, we’ll finally be able to see how Windows 8 tablets can take on the iPad.

The first round of slates powered by Windows 8 will reportedly hit stores in November, CNet reports. Sources tell the site that “more than a dozen” tablets will be available, and over half of them will be hybrid designs (meaning they can convert between being a tablet or a laptop).

“The schedule is tight,” CNet’s source said. “Looking at what Windows is trying to achieve not only with a new OS, but a new OS that needs to run four to five architectures — three ARM, Intel, and AMD.”

A November timeline makes sense for the tablets, since they’ll be available in time for the holiday season. Unfortunately, it also means that tablet makers will also miss out on the back to school rush — college students (and their parents) usually buy new equipment over the summer, in preparation for the school year. That’s a shame, since a decent hybrid tablet/laptop would be the ideal computing device for many students.

All of the initial Windows 8 tablets will run Intel’s “Clover Trail” Atom chip, CNet reports. Clover Trail is Intel’s first dual-core Atom processor based on the company’s new 32-nanometer production process. Faster hybrid laptops based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge chip are also coming, but it’s unclear exactly when.


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