Microsoft handed out 5,000 Samsung Windows 8 developer tablets last week at BUILD. A number of them are now on sale on eBay.
Microsoft’s generous gift to Windows 8 developers last week has been met with some BUILD attendees selling the device on eBay. Microsoft handed out over 5,000 devices to a range of developers at its BUILD conference last week. Developers reacted with cheers and whoops during the Windows 8 keynote on Tuesday as Microsoft unveiled its special developers tablet. The Samsung device is similar to the recently announced Samsung Series 7 Slate device but Within Windows notes that it also includes a number of new and upgraded components:
- Newer firmware (04WJ.M005.20110826.LDG, 8/26/2011)
- An Option (GTM67x) chip for WiFi, phone and GPRS connectivity.
- A Silicon Labs (CP210x) chip for USB<->UART-based scenarios
- A Trusted Platform Module (1.2)
- NXP’s Near field Communications chip (NFC)
- A Bluetooth LE chip
- A gyroscope
- An ambient light sensor
One eBay seller has a listing for the device priced at $2,700. Another seller’s listing is priced at $1,225 at the time of writing. It’s not uncommon for such devices to go on sale but could the demand force Microsoft to create their own supply channel similar to Google’s Chrome development laptops?
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