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Samsung's Sliding PC 7 series is Microsoft's iPad rival

updated 05:05 pm EST, Wed January 5, 2011

Samsung Sliding PC and 9 series ultrathin at CES

Samsung at its CES appearance showed two new computers that both gun after Apple. The Sliding PC 7 series should be the widely rumored iPad 'killer' (nicknamed the Gloria) due for Microsoft's keynote and theoretically combines the best of tablets and notebooks. While it can work as a 10-inch tablet, its keyboard slides out and at an angle to provide a comfortable angle.

The direct help from Microsoft was confirmed, as it was part of a "deep collaboration" between the two companies, Samsung said.

The 7 series runs on Intel's new Atom Z600 (Oak Trail) processor, which while running at just 1.66GHz is smaller and more power efficient than past generations. Samsung estimates that it can run for up to nine hours even with the reduced size. Standard trim that brings 2GB of RAM and either a 32GB or 64GB SSD helps keep it running faster than most past netbooks.

Custom apps from Samsung will help optimize the touch experience and bring DLNA media sharing. A custom Bing Maps app will provide a much more touch-oriented search than usual as well as add voice.

Pricing will still be a minor sore point for the tablet. When it ships in March, the new model should cost $699, or considerably more expensive than its ARM-based equivalents. Microsoft and NVIDIA have already confirmed that Windows will reach ARM processors but is currently dependent on Intel-based chips for its tablet strategy.




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  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    A Netbook By Any Other Name ...

    ... would smell as ... well ... would smell.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    Seems Nice

    Too bad it's hobbled by a touch-hostile OS and software library in tablet mode. I also have to wonder how long that hinge is going to last.

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Not a netbook; a crapbook

    It is not a netbook, which would cost less and lack a touch screen. It is a touchscreen with keyboard and MS on board, aka a crapbook.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    But...

    ...it has WINDOWS ON IT!

    That is why this always fails...either the Windows OS will become so dumb-downed as to be uncomfortable for those accustomed to its full features, or it is too feature-rich as to slow the overall hardware to an unacceptable performance.

    Microsoft's great champion is now the bane of its existence in future technology advancement. Ballmer & the gang know of no other way...they only know how to milk that cash cow.

    /

  1. Darkwolf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    Rival?

    Hey, wasn't the Galaxy Tab supposed to be the iPad's rival?

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Interesting...

    In the past, Apple device-"killers" always offered more features for less money and they still lost. It will be interesting to see how the rival tablets fare when they are either the same price or MORE expensive.

    I'd guess not well...

  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    @Darkwolf

    The Galaxy Tab is the ipad's rival!!!! Like all things Android are rivals to Apple. you may not like it but Galaxy tab has sold well, having only been available for 2 months. Samsung has a history of jumping into market segments and quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. Samsung also has deep pockets( it is no underfunded start-up).
    And clearly Samsung is not run by uninformed lard-a**es like dell and hp for whom product development is a foreign term.

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Galaxy Tab has tanked...

    I think 1.5 - 2 million Tabs (of the current model) is as far as their sales will go. The new wireless version is not subsidized so will have limited appeal. Honeycomb is rumoured to not support it and the plethora of tablets coming out means the Galaxy uses its only real differentiator...that being the only one on the market.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    A Wrench By Any Other Name...

    ... would smell as ... well ... would smell.

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