LG has announced its own Windows 7 Slate device.
The E-Note H1000B is powered by a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, 16GB SSD storage, 1GB of memory and a 4-cell battery. The device also includes 2x USB, an SD reader, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless N. LG has chosen a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 capacitive display to power the new device.
LG is the latest in a range of Windows 7 based tablet/slate devices that will be hitting the shelves this holiday season. Dell unveiled its Inspiron Duo last Thursday, a hybrid device that allows users to switch between netbook and tablet modes. The unique netbook has a spinning screen that allows it to be used as a tablet. LG’s new slate is significantly more dumb-ed down than Dell’s offering due to the fact that it only runs Windows 7 Starter.
Microsoft has promised a “major revamp” of Windows for slate applications, that will come in the next version, Windows 8. Microsoft has been criticized for its slow response to Apple’s iPad device, introduced in April earlier this year. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, previously said Windows 7 based Slates would be available “as soon as they’re ready” when questioned earlier this year. The iPad sold three million units in its first 80 days of release and is currently selling approximately 4.5 million units per quarter, Bernstein Research estimates.
Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, said earlier this year that the company has a lot of different tablet projects it is pursuing. Microsoft canceled their internal Courier project shortly after the release of the iPad earlier this year. The project was an innovative new tablet concept that had promised to combine a dual screen book design with finger and stylus input. The leaked promotional materials demonstrated various concepts that would have brought an unparalleled productivity tool to the market. Most media outlets and analysts felt the move to cancel the device was a mistake.
Engadget notes that the H1000B is priced at 961,000 Korean won (around $850).