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Lenovo to launch first Windows 8 tablet--in October, report says

According to a new report, Lenovo will get out ahead of Dell and Hewlett-Packard and deliver the first Windows 8 tablet. And it might just happen in October.

Will Lenovo's Windows 8 tablet be first to store shelves?
Will Lenovo's Windows 8 tablet be first to store shelves? Lenovo

A new report claims to have all the details on which vendor will be launching the first Windows 8 tablet, and perhaps most importantly, when.

Citing unidentified sources, The Verge reported yesterday that Lenovo will be the first company to launch a Windows 8 tablet. According to the tech site's sources, the device will come with an Intel chip, but no further details were provided.

The source told The Verge that the tablet will be shipping in tandem with Windows 8 in October. Over the last several months, numerous reports have been claiming Microsoft is eyeing an October launch date for its upcoming operating system, but so far, the software giant has not committed to anything.

It's possible that the tablet Lenovo is planning to launch in October is the device the company showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. That slate, dubbed the IdeaPad Yoga, boasts a 13.3-inch display and can be flipped and folded into a notebook, thanks to its built-in keyboard.

Although most vendors have kept their plans close to the vest, Dell has been the most aggressive in announcing its Windows 8 tablet plans. Dell CEO Michael Dell went as far as telling Bloomberg last week that his company will be launching its Windows 8 tablet the same day the operating system launches. If that's the case, he might find his company's tablet next to Lenovo's on store shelves.

Regardless of which tablet maker is first to the market with Windows 8, they'll be joined by a host of other companies, including HP and Asus. Just yesterday, Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari said in an interview with Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio that his company will also be launching a tablet. It's widely believed that tablet will launch with Windows 8.

Lenovo did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment on The Verge's report.