InformationWeek reports that most PC OEMs will be missing the holiday season with their Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel’s dual-core Clover Trial Atom Z2760 processor,
Delays are said to be affecting Dell’s Latitude 10 tablet, the HP Envy x2, the Asus VivoTab Smart and the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2.
Issued appear to be centred around drivers for the chipsets, and at this time only Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Acer Iconia W510 are shipping with the processor.
Noting that Dell and HP are targeting businesses with their tablets rather than consumers, analyst Cindy Shaw of research firm DISCERN noted:
“HP and Dell are conceding they’ve given up on the consumer, so missing the holiday season is not that big of a deal. They’re not missing that magical time of the year, but the longer it takes for businesses to get their hands on evaluation units, the longer it’s going to take to translate into enterprise sales.”
The consumer market for tablets are however much larger than the business market, making the impact of the delays in the main shopping period very significant.
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