Microsoft distributed 5,000 Samsung Windows 8 tablets among developers at its BUILD conference in September. The Windows Developer Preview PC is essentially the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC, albeit with a number of important upgrades. Now, it has emerged that the Korean electronics behemoth plans to release a Windows 8 device inspired by the Series 7 Slate next year.
According to Uhm Kyu Ho, head of sales and marketing at the company’s PC business, Samsung will release a Windows 8 device with a touch screen and a keyboard in the second half of next year. He made this revelation in an
interview with Bloomberg
in Seoul. This product is likely to be based on the company’s Series 7 Slate PC, he further revealed.
Perhaps veteran analyst Rick Sherlund was
referring to such a device when he recently talked about Windows 8-spawned “Ultrabook Touch devices” generating a “compelling upgrade cycle” over the coming years.