Samsung Series 7 Slate With Windows 8 Coming 2012

We’ve only just finished playing with the Samsung Series 7

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

in 2012.

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

personal-computer business.

                  Samsung Series 7 Slate Windows 7

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

for ourselves.

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.

Source: Bloomberg

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