Samsung confirms plans for Windows 8 touch screen PCs

It's not exactly a shock to hear this piece of news but Bloomberg has posted up word today that Samsung still has plans to offer up a touch screen-based PC that will run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system sometime in 2012. In September, Samsung provided attendees of Microsoft's BUILD conference a touch screen PC that was running the developer's preview version of Windows 8.

The Windows 8 device will be a variation of Samsung's Series 7 slate PCs that are already available and are running Microsoft's current Windows 7 operating system. People who buy one of these Series 7 slate PCs will be able to get a Windows 8 update when it is launched although Samsung has yet to reveal exactly how this update program will work.

It's clear that Samsung and Microsoft are pretty tight in terms of developing Windows 8 to work on Samsung's slate PCs. It's also clear that Samsung sees that offering Windows 8-powered touch screen devices is going to be a major part of their future product line up. Samsung already sells a number of tablet devices under the Galaxy Tab brand, all of which run under Google's Android OS.

With Samsung making Windows 8 PCs, and HP already announcing its intentions to offer up tablet devices that will run Windows 8, it's looking like the Windows 8 launch will have quite a few touch screen-based devices to choose from.

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Samsung already make the best tablets out there so it will be exciting to see what Samsung will do for tablets running Windows 8.

They still haven't released the Series 7 Sliding PC that they demoed early this year. That's what I want to see come to market.

Considering that Samsung built the developer preview tablet for BUILD attendees, it only stands to reason Microsoft will want them as a part of future touch computing strategies.

If they make a good looking, thin and light yet powerful hybrid/convertible laptop/tablet system for a good price i'd be very tempted to buy one, time to let go of my underpowered HP netbook.

GP007 said,
time to let go of my underpowered HP netbook.

That was always the problem with netbooks. Very slow that can't even handle web browsing fast enough.

GP007 said,
If they make a good looking, thin and light yet powerful hybrid/convertible laptop/tablet system for a good price i'd be very tempted to buy one, time to let go of my underpowered HP netbook.

I'm sure they're working on something that will incorporate a docking-station type setup that would all you to snap your tablet into a keyboard/laptop body. I would much prefer just a regular docking station with a full desktop experience, including monitor.

UndergroundWire said,

That was always the problem with netbooks. Very slow that can't even handle web browsing fast enough.


I understand you well

I needed to use one for 5 months... I thought I was going to die.

dogmai79 said,

I'm sure they're working on something that will incorporate a docking-station type setup that would all you to snap your tablet into a keyboard/laptop body. I would much prefer just a regular docking station with a full desktop experience, including monitor.

Docking station is one option but I'd be ok with a hybrid model that lets you rotate the screen around and turn it from a laptop into a tablet. Keep in mind that if it's super thin then you won't really notice much of a difference if the kb is under the screen IMO.

GP007 said,
If they make a good looking, thin and light yet powerful hybrid/convertible laptop/tablet system for a good price i'd be very tempted to buy one, time to let go of my underpowered HP netbook.

ASUS Transformer Prime.
Will no doubt get Windows 8 one way or another.

UndergroundWire said,

That was always the problem with netbooks. Very slow that can't even handle web browsing fast enough.

And their size... Why don't they make pliable laptops?