We’ve only just finished playing with the Samsung Series 7
Slate which features the touch unfriendly Windows 7, but it seems as if the
South Korean manufacturer is already getting ready to launch a Windows 8 Slate
According to a report in Bloomberg, Samsung will bring a
Series 7 tablet with Windows 8 to market in the second half of 2012. Only a couple
of months ago, we saw Microsoft show off Windows 8 running on a Samsung tablet
and even gave away a whole load of them to developers.
The tablets given to the developers at the BUILD conference
were slightly different to the Series 7 Slate 700T we reviewed, as they had 3G
and USB 3.0 included.
The Windows 8 tablet is likely to be a modified version of
this tablet according to Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing at Samsung’s
Samsung also confirmed that the Series 7 tablet is aimed at
business users, though with the £1,000 price tag, we could have guessed that
Owners of the current Windows 7 Slate will get an upgrade to
the much more touch-friendly Windows 8, though Samsung declined to say when
this would happen.
Indeed Samsung doesn’t even include the Slate as part of its
tablet sales, along with the likes of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, preferring to group
it with laptop sales. The South Korean company is hoping to boost laptop sales
by 80 per cent to 18 million units globally this year.
While we certainly liked a lot of what the Series 7 Slate
700T had to offer, the fact that Windows 7 just doesn’t work on a touchscreen
device was always going to be a problem. Will the addition of Windows 8 make it
a winner? Let us know what you think in the comments.