Samsung confirmed on Wednesday that it plans to make the Series 7 Slate upgradeable to Windows 8.
The device manufacturer revealed a Windows 7 powered Slate on Wednesday at IFA in Berlin. The slate a 11.6-inch wacom enabled gorilla glass screen, i3 or i5 processors and 4GB of RAM. Not shy on specs, Samsung is also bundling in dual cameras and WiMAX and HSPA+ support. This is my next got an early hands on with the device at IFA on Wednesday and claim it may be the best Windows 7 tablet ever made.
The Slate is due to ship in October priced at $1,099 and Samsung claims it plans to make it upgradeable to the next-generation of Windows. Samsung told This is my next that it has “every intention on making the Series 7 Slate upgradeable to Windows 8.” The firm didn’t have any solid details to share but did reveal that they plan to partner with Microsoft for its upgrade offering. Another interesting tidbit is that the Samsung slate is sporting a Windows logo start button. This could be Samsung’s own doing or it may indicate a requirement for next-generation Windows 8 slates and tablets as previous Windows Slates such as the Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 or the ASUS Eee Slate 121 have both not featured such a prominent button. However, the Acer iconia tab includes a Windows flag button.
Microsoft has yet to confirm exactly when Windows 8 will ship for Slate and Tablet devices. Early rumors this year suggested that the company could be planning to ship the ARM version of Windows 8 earlier than the typical x86 offering. Samsung’s device appears to tick the boxes for a super quick Windows slate with an impressive spec list. Samsung could be paving the way for a number of new Windows tablets in the near future that will be upgradeable to Windows 8. It’s extremely interesting that the company confirmed they plan to partner with Microsoft on Windows 8 upgradeability plans, suggesting that Microsoft could be preparing a Windows 8 upgrade plan for Windows slates and tablets.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet offering will offer a new experience for Windows users. The company plans to merge its Metro style user interface with the typical Windows desktop experience to allow for new types of Windows devices. Microsoft plans to reveal all its Windows 8 details at BUILD next month.
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