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updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue September 13, 2011

Microsoft gives away Windows 8 Samsung tablet

As expected, Microsoft at Build gave away 5,000 units of a special edition of the Samsung Slate PC Series 7 tablet to show off the Windows 8 Developer Preview. The 11.6-inch Windows Developer Preview PC tablet has been upgraded to take advantage of the new OS with the appropriate sensors. A UEFI (universal extensible firmware interface) foundation lets it boot from the 64GB SSD in as little as three seconds.

As proof of the always on Internet access, each device will also get a free 2GB of 3G from AT&T per month for the next year. Windows 8 has a new mode known as connected standby that can stay near silent but periodically wake up Internet access to get updates.

The tablet continues to share much of what the regular Series 7 does, including a 1366x768 display that can support both finger and pen touch. A low-voltage Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, HDMI and microSD slots are built-in along with the usual USB, although Samsung's special dock still works and adds Ethernet along with additional expansion.

As designed, the Windows 8 tablet is intended for developer work and the option of debugging on the very same hardware apps are intended to support. During its Build keynote, however, Microsoft showed ARM-based tablets with the promise that they would have more power efficiency than their Intel counterparts.

In its current state, the reference design points to Windows 8 tablets behaving more like conventional PCs than mobile OS-based tablets like the iPad or Android tablets. Microsoft hasn't finished but might not give an indication of the real change until early next year and public previews.

by MacNN Staff



  1. tundaman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It booted in 3 sec...

    ... probably just to die hungry for power about 2 hours later!

    They still don't get: why would Apple go to a in-house ARM chip design, if not for improve battery life and make a tablet experience more than just a shrunken PC that can't live without a power outlet???

    Seems like the fear of a "post-PC" world is making monkey-boy baldmer create a "reality distortion field" of it's own, where you can skip years of development and just stuff PC guts into a tablet form factor!

    Good luck with that!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How loud is the fan?

    Intel inside -> heat. Heat -> fan. Fan -> FAIL.

    Intel is still trying to warm over (pun intended) their legacy x86 processors for mobile. And for some reason, the tablet manufacturers are falling for it.

    Who says the trailing edge isn't also bleeding?

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Control Alt Delete

    It comes with only three buttons to operate the whole thing.

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Control Alt Delete

    The next version will combine these three buttons into one.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The initial hardware is not impressive. I will improve over time. MS could have a winner here. Time will tell. Heck, the company I work for still doesn't have a single iPad, and just recently upgraded all the PCs to WinXP SP3 w/IE 7. It's the standard corp. mentality...

    Even though the iPad is almost 2 years old now, I can almost guarantee they'll wait 5 more years before they clue in that the rest of the world has shifted to tablets, and then they'll buy into the MS offering because "it's compatible with our legacy systems" - while all the smart nimble companies will have jumped on the iPad 7 years earlier and left us (and other large corporations) in the dust.

  1. Fonejacker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice knee warmer

    When they stop making PC tablets at least they will be nice knee warmers. I wonder if Microcopy have got a wireless connection to a refrigerator. A fan in a tablet, unbelievable!!!!! The battery surely will last less than 4 hours. I haven't had a good laugh in a while, but this really has made up for it. Butt ugly interface as well. Where's the stylus and keyboard Microcopy??? A one fits all OS. Talk about knowing not a thing about humans, or human activity, like touch screen desktops PC, total failure after 5 minutes.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This isn't about the harware.

    Microsoft is giving out this special edition hardware to developers. The product is not yet ready for mass production. The idea is to give SOME tablet for the devs to play on for the next year. When a Windows tablet does eventually come to market, I'm pretty sure they will have made significant improvements to the hardware by then.

    At least the new Windows OS is intriguing. It's not just a re-hash of what they've been doing before. It's too early to write it off completely.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Interesting, too soon to say more

    I'm with biojade; at least MS is doing something interesting and different with their interface here. Whether it will be good or bad, I'm reserving judgement on--it's a long way from prime time. And whether it'll effectively run on iPad-class hardware, or require one of these mega-tablets (which are probably quite expensive in addition to drawing a lot of power--it's functionally an MBA without a keyboard) remains to be seen.

    What's preposterous, though, is the Windows/MS fans who are convinced that MS is not only back in the game, but winning now. A year from now when Win8 is about to ship we'll in all likelihood have seen the iPad3, iPad Pro, and possibly even iPad4. We may also be looking at dev builds, or even a final version, of iOS 6.

    Not saying that Win8 and hypothetical Win8 tablet hardware couldn't compete with any of the above, just that it's AWFULLY early to be making any kind of predictions based on alpha demonstration hardware and software that far from release.

    If I were a Win dev I'd be happy to get the chance to start working on applications for the thing, though. Might actually have a good stable of ready-to-go software when it hits the street. (Unlike, say, Android, which STILL seems to be skimpy in terms of tablet-optimized software.)

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Haswell is very low-power

    Strategically, this new version of Windows will perform fine on Intel hardware available in 2013. At that point, it will be all about the design, the marketing, and who has the financial muscle to buy the most hi-res screens and put them together into devices. And as usual, let's not forget Apple's usually-neglected "one more thing": the underlying new system they invent to support their new products. In 2013, the iCloud report card will have been pretty much written and ... we shall see!

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