Samsung and Microsoft treat BUILD conference goers to large, powerful developer tablet
Today, Microsoft announced the Developer Preview of Windows 8 at their BUILD conference for developers in Anaheim, CA. Conference attendees were also told they would be receiving tablet devices from Samsung with the Developer Preview pre-loaded, enabling them to get a head start on developing apps using the latest and greatest APIs and sensors.
Here is a rundown of the device's features:
2nd Generation Intel Core i5
Samsung Super PLS 1366x768 display
AT&T 3G included (conference attendees received 1 year of 2GB/month service)
NFC Sensors, USB, microSD, HDMI, Pen
Dock with USB, HDMI, Ethernet
11.6" diagonal, 909 grams, 12.9mm thick
The right side of the device features the power button and sim card. USB, HDMI, headphone port, and volume controls span the left side. The top of the device holds the microSD slot, while the bottom is reserved for the dock port, which provides additional connectivity options. Samsung also included front and rear cameras as well as GPS, accelerometer, and NFC (Near Field Communication) sensors.
After spending a few minutes with the device, we'd have to say that it's everything we want from a Windows tablet. Having a device that is thinner, lighter, or faster will always be desired, but Microsoft and Samsung have hit squarely in the size vs. performance sweet spot.
Bottomline: you're going to want one when they become available.