Samsung announced on Wednesday a new Windows 7 powered Slate PC.
The Samsung Slate PC Series 7 is an 11.6-inch tablet device that features a dock to use the device as a full Windows 7 PC. The dock connects a bluetooth mouse and keyboard to the slate to make it feel like a desktop machine. Pocket-Lint reports that the Slate features an Intel Core i3 or i5 chip, 4GB RAM, 32 or 64GB of SSD storage space and Wi-Fi, WiMAX and HSPA+ support. Samsung has also included a microSD slot, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI connector and dual cameras. The front camera is 2MP and the rear is 3MP. Samsung claims the device battery life is 7 hours and weights in at 0.86kg. The display on the device is 16:9 HD and made out of gorilla glass, making it perfect to watch movies on.
Samsung previously released a hybrid Windows 7 Slate PC earlier this year. The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series features a keyboard and display that works as a touch screen and slides to create a laptop or tablet hybrid. Samsung has not confirmed when it plans to release its latest Windows 7 Slate or any pricing information.
Windows 7 powered Slates haven’t made an impact on the market yet due to Microsoft’s lack of a full touch screen user experience. Microsoft has promised a “re-imagined” Windows 8 designed with touch based devices in mind. The software giant has promised to support ARM based CPUs to enable device manufacturers to create thinner and smaller Windows 8 devices. Microsoft will unveil its full Windows 8 offerings at the company’s BUILD conference next month. Windows 8 powered tablets are expected to go on sale during 2012.
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